Leeds United will not be making a move to bring Ben Brereton to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by Chilean media outlet BioBioChile (via Sport Witness), who claim that, despite earlier reports suggesting one of Marcelo Bielsa’s scouts was watching the Blackburn Rovers centre-forward in action at the Copa America, Victor Orta is not currently considering a move for the 22-year-old.
The initial report by Red Gol claimed that the £4.5m-rated man has been on Bielsa’s radar for a number of seasons, following a meeting between the two sides in the Championship in which Brereton is said to have impressed the Argentine.
If Bielsa has indeed been keeping a close eye on Brereton for the past couple of years, as the report by Red Gol suggests, the fact that Orta does not appear to be considering a move for the forward this summer is sure to have left the 65-year-old gutted.
And, considering how impressive the 22-year-old was for Blackburn last season, as well as having played a key role for Chile in the Copa America so far this summer, it is easy to understand why Bielsa would be keen on a deal to bring Brereton to Elland Road in the current transfer window.
Indeed, over his 40 Championship appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side last term, the versatile striker scored seven goals, registered four assists and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.8 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
Brereton has also impressed while on international duty this summer, making four appearances for Martin Lasarte’s Chile side in the Copa America, scoring one goal, registering one assist and making an average of 0.5 key passes per game.
These metrics have seen the man dubbed a “wonderful talent” by Mowbray earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.88, ranking him as the country’s joint-fourth best performer – level with Arturo Vidal – in the competition, playing a huge role in helping Chile qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.
As such, considering how well Brereton has made the step up into international football, we would not bet against the 22-year-old doing the same if a move to the Premier League were to happen.
However, for now, this potential move does not appear likely to be to Elland Road.