Former Leeds United midfielder sees Yorkshire return fall through as transfer collapses

Sheffield United’s proposed move for former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has fallen through.

The 22-year-old was set to make the switch to the Whites’ Yorkshire rivals on a season-long loan from Sampdoria but Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed that the deal is now off.

He would’ve been the second ex-Leeds United man in the current Blades squad alongside Billy Sharp, who scored five goals in 35 appearances at Elland Road.

After joining the Whites academy back in 2015, Vieira burst on the scene as a youngster and made his debut in May 2016, coming on as a substitute against Preston North End.

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Vieira became a regular starter in the side during the following campaign which attracted the interest of a whole host of European clubs.

Having gone on to feature 71 times in total, the midfielder earned a switch to Serie A outfit Sampdoria just before Marcelo Bielsa was appointed as Whites boss.

However, he has largely struggled out in Italy and had traveled over to England to complete his transfer to the Blades earlier this week.

Blades boss Jokanovic spoke about Viera after their defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.

He said: “It is definitely off. We expected he could be available soon but we needed to wait for him longer and we took the decision to look for another option looking forward.”

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It’s a shame to see his progress falter like the way it has at l Blucerchiati after Vieira showed so much promise throughout his time at Elland Road.

This may make him more motivated to force a move elsewhere now as he seeks regular game time to rejuvenate his young career.

Leeds are also looking for midfield reinforcements themselves, with Lewis O’Brien’s switch from Huddersfield Town looking increasingly likely.

Josh Brownhill has been linked with a move to the Whites but that one is reportedly far away from happening.

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