The Daily Mail are reporting that the Belgian outfit could be set to bid £7m for the forward, and while that is a decent offer for a player entering the last year of their contract, Leeds mustn’t accept it.
Losing their top goalscorer from last season this close to the beginning of the new campaign will undoubtedly have significant negative effects, and due to how particular Marcelo Bielsa is with his players, finding a replacement won’t be an easy task.
Indeed, Leeds have already been linked with a few strikers during this window such as Andrea Petagna, but due to how close we are to the start of the season these new arrivals may struggle to have the desired impact.
Last season we saw players who joined the Yorkshire club towards the end of the transfer window struggle in the opening few weeks as they struggled to get to grips with how Bielsa wanted them to play.
Patrick Bamford failed to find the net in his first five appearances for the club, and it was a similar story for Jack Harrison as he contributed to just one goal in his first 19 matches for his new club.
On top of this, whoever replaces Roofe wouldn’t have been able to get up to the fitness levels the Argentine requires from his players. The 64-year-old has apparently put his squad through an even more intense pre-season this year, and any player that joins at this point would likely be slightly off the pace.
Is Roofe irreplaceable? No, he only scored 15 goals last season despite having 101 shots, but if Leeds were going to lose the 26-year-old this summer, they should have had a replacement through the door weeks ago so that they could embed him into the squad.