Leeds United's Vieira lands in Italy as Sampdoria push to secure his signature

Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, on England Under-21 duty this summer.
Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, on England Under-21 duty this summer.
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Ronaldo Vieira has arrived in Italy for talks with Sampdoria in a development which could signal the end of his short career at Leeds United.

Vieira was pictured at Genoa airport tonight amid reports in the Italian media that Sampdoria are planning for him to undergo a medical in the morning.

The Serie A club are ready to pay in the region of £7m for the midfielder after stepping in with a successful offer over the weekend.

Vieira has been on the fringes of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans this summer, prompting Leeds to give accept Sampdoria’s bid.

The 20-year-old is not believed to have asked for a move away from Elland Road but a switch to the Italian leagues looks increasingly likely following his arrival in Italy this evening.

Vieira, who turned professional with United in 2016, is just one year into the four-year deal he signed last summer but the England Under-21 international has failed to establish himself at the forefront of Bielsa’s plans.

He was given a 45-minute run-out in Sunday’s friendly against Las Palmas but had previously featured with development-squad players during pre-season. His time at Leeds has been affected by tendonitis in one knee but Sampdoria appear set on securing his signature.

Their bid for Vieira comes with Leeds about to pay £7m to take striker Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough. Bamford is expected to seal his transfer to Elland Road on Tuesday having been put through a medical in the past 24 hours.