Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe is likely to join Vincent Kompany at R.S.C. Anderlecht this summer, according to information heard by Phil Hay.
Roofe still in Leeds but sources in Belgium very confident this deal will happen. Looking at around £7m if Anderlecht go for it. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 2, 2019
The former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist took to Twitter to provide an update on the forward and revealed sources in Belgium are very confident that a deal would be concluded this summer.
It is claimed it could fetch Leeds around £7m if a transfer was to be agreed – a fee the Daily Mail also appear to be standing by – although Hay did reveal Roofe was still in Yorkshire.
Roofe might already be missing the opening stages of the Championship campaign with an ankle injury he picked up in pre-season but losing him for the whole season could be disastrous for Marcelo Bielsa’s and Leeds’ hopes of achieving promotion to the Premier League.
Injuries have clearly been a problem for the 26-year-old as he missed a total of 13 games last season for the Whites and, if he had not, he may have been the difference in helping them finally make their long-awaited return to the Premier League with the goals he did manage to score when fit. Indeed, Bielsa himself blamed the lack of finishing as one as the main reasons his side weren’t promoted, amid Roofe’s ailments.
He finished as the club’s top goalscorer with 15 in the last campaign, whereas his strike partner Patrick Bamford only managed to find the back of the net on ten occasions, although last summer’s addition did miss 24 matches because of injury and suspension (Transfermarkt).
With just Wales international Tyler Roberts the only other recognised striker available to Bielsa, options would appear rather thin on the ground if Anderlecht were to complete a deal for Roofe. The 20-year-old hardly looked prolific in his 31 appearances across all competitions last season for the Whites, as he managed to find the back of the net just three times.
Just recently, Victor Orta believed Roofe would be extending his contract with Leeds and was rather confident with his opinion (Leeds-Live) as the 26-year-old enters the final year of his contract at Elland Road.
Receiving £7m for the striker could be considered a good piece of business from a financial point of view amid concerns of Financial Fair Play breaches and the fact that he has just 12 months left on his present deal.
However, if Leeds were not to reinvest that money in buying a new forward to potentially link up with Bamford and provide last summer’s addition with the additional competition to try and bring the best out of him, then the club’s chances of obtaining promotion to the Premier League will surely have dwindled significantly.
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