Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Ben Brereton Diaz to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by TEAMtalk, who claim that Leeds United, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United are all keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Blackburn Rovers centre-forward ahead of a potential move at the end of the season.
However, the report goes on to state that, despite the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, the 23-year-old could instead be heading for LaLiga, with Sevilla said to be closing in on a £20m deal for the Stoke-on-Trent born Chile international – although Rovers want slightly more than this figure.
Speaking about the potential sale of the striker earlier this season, Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray said: “I’m never worried about selling players. What do you think he’s worth, £30m? £40m?
“If a Premier League or LaLiga club, somewhere Ben wants to go, comes and offers us the money that we think is right – I’m not saying we’re in the market to sell Ben Brereton because we hope to keep him here, he helps us stay near the top end of this league and keeps scoring goals – but he’s still only a very young boy.”
Considering how impressive Brereton Diaz has been for both Blackburn and Chile over the past 12 months, it is easy to see why Victor Orta would be interested in a deal to bring the striker to Elland Road this summer.
Indeed, over his 34 Championship appearances this season, the £9m-rated forward has been a revelation in the Rovers attack, scoring 21 goals, registering one assist and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the £6.5k-per-week hitman who Mowbray dubbed “an extraordinary talent” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.94, ranking him as Blackburn’s seventh-best player in the second-tier of English football.
Furthermore, since being rather surprisingly called up by Chile ahead of the Copa America last summer, the 23-year-old has since gone on to establish himself as something of a national hero, scoring four goals and providing one assist over his 12 appearances for the South American country – something which has seen him become the “face of Pepsi” in Chile.
As such, it is clear to see that Brereton Diaz would make an exceptional addition to Jesse Marsch’s current attacking options at Elland Road, leading us to believe that Orta must do all he can to beat the likes of Brighton, West Ham and Sevilla to the centre-forward’s signing this summer – even if it means spending £20m+ of the club’s transfer budget.