According to printed version of The Sun (15/07/18, p59), Premier League new boys Cardiff are preparing an £8m bid for Leeds’ England U21 international midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, and the Yorkshire club should cash in on him and sign Tom Trybull from Norwich City.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock looks set to raid one of his former clubs for the defensive midfielder who started 23 league games in the Championship last season, after becoming a regular starter under Garry Monk during the 2016/17 season.
Vieira’s performances earned him his first call up to the England U21 side for this summer’s Toulon Tournament. Despite still only being 19 years old, the Bissau-born man was integral to the Young Lions side who went on to win the tournament, beating Mexico 2-1 in the final.
Now the Marcelo Bielsa era has begun at Elland Road, Vieira has been linked with a move away and with the kind of money being talked about it may be worth Leeds accepting an offer and putting the income back into player purchases.
One player who could slot straight into holding midfield in the Leeds starting XI would be Norwich man Tom Trybull. The 25-year-old only joined Norwich as a free agent last summer after impressing on trial with the Canaries having left Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag.
The German midfielder proved why the Championship side secured his signature in his first 20 league games for the club before suffering ankle ligament damage, which put him out for the rest of the season.
Having signed a new contract in February this year it may take a large chunk of the £8m Leeds could get for Vieira in order to sign Trybull, but the protection he offers the defence and a potential partnership with Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker could be key to a promotion push.
Leeds and Norwich both finished on 60 points last season, with the West Yorkshire side just pipping Daniel Farke’s team to 13th place in the league and both teams will be looking to kick on next time out.