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Should Leeds re-sign Ronaldo Vieira if Kalvin Phillips leaves?

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK 9TH FEBRUARY. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United scores his team's first goal to make it 1-1 in the 102nd minute during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough...

Aston Villa are heavily linked with one Leeds United player.

Leeds United's Guinea Bissau midfielder Ronaldo Vieira (L) vies with Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match...

Speculation is rife that Aston Villa are plotting a big-money bid for Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips.

The Whites won't want to sell one of their own, especially a midfielder as talented as Phillips, but Aston Villa are reportedly willing to stump up £14 million [The Telegraph] and money talks at this time of the year.

If Leeds do have to sell, should they consider re-signing Ronaldo Vieira on loan from Sampdoria?

United only sold Vieira for £7.7 million last summer [BBC Sport] but the 20-year-old midfielder started only six times in Serie A last term.

 

It wasn't an outstanding first season in Italy and a loan would help Leeds out in the short term, while Sampdoria would be letting their investment get another full year of regular football under his belt.

Vieira is three years younger than Phillips and considering they partnered each other in midfield under Garry Monk and Thomas Christiansen, there might not be a huge difference between them in terms of quality.

Phillips is undeniably the better player right now, but it's worth remembering that Vieira was the Golden Boy of the Thorp Arch ranks as recently as last year and maybe, just maybe, he could minimise the damage inflicted by potentially losing Phillips.

Will Hughes of Derby gets past Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

 

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