Leeds United have started to kick into gear this summer after a lot fo frustration from the fans. The next few days could see the likes of Patrick Bamford, Barry Douglas and Jack Harrison all join Marcelo Bielsa, however, the fans won’t be happy if Ronaldo Vieira is allowed to leave, with The Yorkshire Evening Post claiming that Sampdoria have tabled a bid for the midfielder.
Sampdoria test Leeds United’s resolve with multi-million pound approach for midfielder Ronaldo Vieira:https://t.co/TSerJ8RBZ6
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 30, 2018
The Italian club, who are also interested in signing West Ham United’s Pedro Obiang, have reportedly tabled a bid of around £7 million for the 20-year-old English midfielder. If the Italian outfit did manage to prise Vieira from the club then Bielsa would be silly not to include a buy-back clause in his contract, seeing as he has the potential to be an England international in years to come with his dominant midfield displays already impressing around Europe.
Vieira broke through Leeds youth ranks in 2016 and is currently just one year into a four-year contract that was signed last summer. However, after this pre-season has seen him receive limited game time it’s unclear whether or not Bielsa sees the young midfield as a first-team player or not. Leeds are famed for having a well-run youth system and players like Vieira are the club reaping the rewards of that, however, the fans will be desperate to see their young starlet stay at Elland Road.
You can read The Whites’ verdict on the Vieira rumours here:
Forshaw is in a protection boot, Vieira is 20yrs old, yes he lacks consistency but so does Phillips and so did Howson, utterly crazy decision in my book! Vieira with a solid defence looked 10 times better, nearly everyone struggled last season! Give the lad a break!
— Adam Wright (@Adam_Wright1) July 30, 2018
4 years time this lad will be a mainstay of Englands midfield.
— Bouncer (@jecarter13) July 30, 2018
Bad move for Leeds
— Jake Daniels (@jakeadaniels) July 30, 2018
This is a joke.. @andrearadri if you sell Vieira your no better than previous owners selling our promising academy players.. he’s got plenty of potential to improve & that’s a ridiculous fee if you are really selling himdisgraceful decision.. just as bad as when MC sold Cook!!
— Nicky (@Nicky1487) 30 July 2018
Shouldn’t sell him
— Simon Cork (@corkyleedsutd) July 30, 2018
It’d be very strange to me if Leeds let him go.
— Mat Thomas (@EmptyUK) July 30, 2018
Even if he is down the pecking order. Should not sell. Sends out wrong message and is a player with big potential.
— Dan Graham (@DanGraham_14) 30 July 2018
Do not sell him!! That clown Thomas Christiansen destroyed his confidence last season!! #lufc
— Johnny F (@JF_LUFCmod) July 30, 2018
It seems clear from the handful of tweets above that the fans are desperate to keep Vieira on board this summer.