By Nick Ware

17th Aug, 2021 | 1:40pm

Leeds United not due immediate windfall as Ronaldo Vieira set for initial Sheffield United loan

Former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira is set to join Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United after a three-season stint in Italy.

The Guinea Bissau-born 23-year-old joined Serie A side Sampdoria in 2018 and made 44 appearances over his first two seasons before spending the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Hellas Verona.

The ex-England Under-21 international is set for another temporary move away from Genoa with The Athletic’s Richard Sutcliffe claiming via his personal Twitter profile that he is expected to be confirmed as a Sheffield United player on Tuesday [17/08/21].

SampNews24 reported in 2018 that Leeds inserted a 10% sell-on clause in the deal that saw Vieira exit Elland Road for Italy.

However, The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent Phil Hay has seemingly confirmed via his personal Twitter profile that the Whites are not due any immediate funds for Vieira’s move to Bramall Lane after being asked by a fan.

“It’s a loan deal initially,” he wrote.

Future fee pending?

Hopefully, there is a permanent clause inserted into Vieira’s loan contract with the Blades.

If there is, we could potentially benefit if he impresses in South Yorkshire.

More than likely the fee would be set now rather than being arranged at the end of the season.

That means it’s unlikely to be a big sum given his struggles in Serie A recently.

But even if Sheffield United end up buying him for a seven-digit fee we could land a small windfall, and that could be a big bonus next year.

It’s not going to allow us to suddenly bring Lionel Messi to Elland Road, but it could pay for things like important stadium and training ground repairs or modifications.

Fingers crossed Vieira has a standout season in an average team one.

In other Leeds United news, a North West club have made an approach to sign this Whites midfielder