By Alex Stevens
Emerging Leeds star Ronaldo Vieira is on the radar of Bundesliga big hitters RB Leipzig, according to a report.
Sports site HITC claim the Elland Road academy product is being closely monitored by the high flying German outfit.
It is said that Leipzig, who are second in the Bundesliga table to Bayern Munich only on goal difference, are scouring the globe for the best young football talent and have been impressed by the performances of central midfielder Vieira.
The 18-year-old has emerged as a key member of the Leeds team this season in their against-the-odds promotion push.
Vieira has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Garry Monk’s side, 15 of which he has started, and has repaid the faith showed in him during Liam Bridcutt’s three-month injury absence.
His rise to prominence is especially noteworthy given that he did not make his senior bow until the final game of last season and was expected to be behind a string of senior players in the battle for central midfield places.
But Vieira’s rise has been such that he and fellow academy product Kalvin Phillips have virtually ended the Leeds careers of Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds have produced some highly rated young players in recent seasons, with Lewis Cook and Sam Byram both making the journey from the Elland Road academy to the Premier League. Charlie Taylor could follow that duo in the coming months, either in January or next summer. But Vieira could be set for the big time at an even earlier age, assuming Leeds do not extend their promotion surge by flying straight into the Premier League. The teenager does not turn 19 until next July and is already a key member of a team who are fifth in the Championship and are emerging as credible promotion challengers. Vieira is destined for the big time. The question is, will he head there with Leeds?
In other Leeds news, the club are closing in on a £3.6million January signing.