Sheffield United have agreed a deal to bring Ronaldo Vieira to Bramall Lane this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that, following intense negotiations with Sampdoria, the Blades have finally agreed a deal with the Serie A side regarding the 23-year-old.
It is reported that the midfielder will move to the Championship club on a season-long loan, with a view to making the move a permanent switch at the end of the season.
The report goes on to state that Sampdoria are happy to sanction the departure of the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window, as the former England U21 international has fallen down the pecking order at the Italian club.
Would Vieira be a good signing?
Jokanovic will be buzzing
With the departure of John Lundstram having left Sheffield United short of options in the middle of the park ahead of the new Championship season – with Slavisa Jokanovic currently having only Sander Berge, John Fleck and Oliver Norwood in his first-team squad capable of operating in the centre of midfield – the news that the club have finally managed to bring in a new face in the position is sure to have left the 52-year-old buzzing.
And, while Vieira has not exactly enjoyed the best of times since moving to Sampdoria in what was a £6.39m deal back in 2018, the 23-year-old demonstrated during his time with Leeds United that he is more than capable of doing a job in the Championship.
Indeed, his best season for the Whites arguably came back in 2016/17, when, over his 34 Championship appearances, the £4.5m-rated defensively-minded midfielder made an average of one interception, 2.1 tackles, 1.2 clearances and won 4.4 duels per game.
These returns saw the man Ian Holloway dubbed “different class” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.78, ranking him as the club’s joint 11th-best performer in the second tier of English football that year.
As such, should United indeed manage to get a deal over the line for the £22k-per-week man this summer, and the England youth international goes on to replicate this form in the club’s upcoming Championship campaign, he could well go on to play a key role in helping secure United an immediate return to the Premier League come next May.