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Leeds: Victor Orta plotting Ben Brereton Diaz bid

Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Ben Brereton Diaz to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to a recent report by The Sun, who claim that, with both West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion no longer believed to be pursuing a deal for the Blackburn Rovers centre-forward this summer, Victor Orta has now been handed a clearer run at a move for the 23-year-old.

However, the report goes on to state that both Everton and recently promoted AFC Bournemouth are also keeping a close eye on the situation of the Chile international ahead of a potential swoop of their own, while a number of Spanish clubs – including Sevilla, Real Betis and Valencia – are also thought to have registered an interest in the striker.

It’s thought Blackburn are looking for a fee of around £13m for the forward.

A huge coup

Considering just how impressive Brereton Diaz was for Blackburn this season, in addition to the sheer number of clubs interested in the 23-year-old’s services this summer, should Orta manage to get a deal over the line for the Chilean sensation in the coming weeks, it would undoubtedly represent a huge coup for the Whites.

Indeed, over his 37 Championship appearances this term, the £14.4m-rated striker was in astonishing form for Rovers, hitting the back of the net 22 times, providing three assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.

These metrics saw the £6.5k-per-week hitman who Tony Mowbray dubbed “an extraordinary talent” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.94, ranking him as his club’s eighth-best performer in the league – while his 22 goals saw him rank joint third in the second tier scoring charts.

As such, with Leeds having scored just 42 Premier League goals in 2021/22 – the joint fourth-worst record in the division – it is clear to see that the addition of a player with a knack for finding the onion bag as regularly as Brereton Diaz is very much needed this summer.

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However, with the likes of Sevilla being able to offer the 23-year-old Champions League football next season, Orta will certainly have a fight on his hands if he is to convince the forward of a switch to Elland Road ahead of the Whites’ 2022/23 campaign.

AND in other news: Orta could seal “unbelievable” deal as Leeds now plot bid for £83k-p/w “goal machine”

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