West Brom manager Tony Pulis
West Brom were always running the risk of missing out on Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor. The homegrown prospect may have been out of contract at Elland Road but The Baggies would have been forced to pay a hefty fee at a tribunal to the club that reared him in their academy.
And West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted he was unwilling to do that, as reported by Sky Sports.
However, that does not mean The Baggies should look away from Elland Road for bargain transfer targets this summer. According to The Mirror, Leeds have put a £10 million price tag on the head of midfielder Ronaldo Vieira with Premier League clubs making their interest known.
Now, an eight-figure sum may appear somewhat outlandish for a player who has only 34 senior league appearances to his name. Yet, 18-year-old Vieira is no run-of-the-mill teenage hopeful.
It has been clear right from the start of the season that the England Under-20 international is a truly special talent. Exploding onto the scene with a valiant performance in Leeds’ 2-0 EFL Cup loss to Liverpool earlier in the season, Vieira quickly became a regular in Garry Monk’s midfield with his tenacious ball-winning ability and quality distribution marking him out as one of the country’s most exciting teenagers.
Ready and waiting
In fact, he’s already Premier League quality. All which makes his £10 million price tag something of a snip – especially when you consider that he only signed a new four-year deal.
And though Vieira may not have a European Championship medal in his trophy cabinet like Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese international William Carvalho, he could become just as good given time to develop.
The Mirror claimed in May that The Baggies will make a move for Carvalho again this summer with Sporting willing to sell for a club-record £25 million fee.
However, though Carvalho is the finished article, Vieira is more than just a cheap alternative.