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David Platt and big investment suggest Palermo’s links to Kemar Roofe are not unfounded

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David Platt and big investment suggest Palermo’s links to Kemar Roofe are not unfounded

Palermo were recently taken over by a British consortium and now want Leeds United striker.

According to a shock report in Italy, it appears that Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe is wanted by Serie B league leaders Palermo. Blog Sicilia suggest the Leeds attacker has caught the eye of the Sicilian side who are looking favourites to return to Serie A this season.

However, Leeds United fans can surely rest easy.

Firstly, there is the fee mentioned. The report claims Palermo are hopeful of buying the striker for a fee in the region of €6 million (£5.4 million).

That is a fee that Leeds will surely not even entertain. With 10 goals from 16 games this season, the Leeds star could command a far higher transfer fee. In fact, Leeds would be right to demand £10 million considering the current market for an all-purpose goal-scoring forward.

PALERMO, ITALY – DECEMBER 04: (L-R) David Platt, Global Futures Sports CEO Clive Richardson and Sheehan James look on at Tenente Carmelo Onorato Sports Center on December 4, 2018 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

But should there still be some concern?

 

Of course, the reasoning behind the links are there. Palermo were recently bought by a London-based company called Global Futures Sport. Led by CEO Clive Richardson, 62-cap former England international David Platt also has a role at the Italian club after the takeover. It appears that his knowledge of the English game may be behind the links. Platt, formerly of Arsenal, also played for the likes of Sampdoria and Bari in Italy.

Palermo are now expected to invest in the team and Roofe has clearly been mentioned as a potential option from the English market.

But with Leeds looking likely to be in a promotion battle, a January exit would seem unlikely. If Palermo go up and Leeds do not, then all bets might be off come the summer.

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