Leeds United are reportedly willing to sell Laurens De Bock on a permanent basis and end the Belgian left-back’s nightmare spell, but only if they receive £1.5million – but they have no chance of getting such a figure.
According to Voetbal Belgie, Leeds are willing to offload the 26-year-old after the Whites signed him from Club Brugge back in January 2018. He has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2022.
De Bock played seven times after being brought in by Thomas Christiansen. But he was sacked just weeks after De Bock signed, and Paul Heckingbottom chose to play the likes of Tom Pearce at left-back.
With Marcelo Bielsa signing Barry Douglas last summer, Leeds allowed De Bock to leave on loan. He returned to his home country, joining KV Oostende on loan until the end of the season.
He has managed just 16 appearances in all competitions this season and although he has scored two goals, he has hardly proved his transfer fee. Now, Leeds want the transfer fee they paid for him last January.
But surely they have no chance given that De Bock has managed just 23 appearances in total since that move to Elland Road. It is a far cry from playing in the Champions League against Leicester City for Club Brugge.
Leeds simply have no chance of bringing in the seven-figure fee and must consider lowering their asking price if they are to offload De Bock. Otherwise, they will be stuck with the defender until January at least.