By Azeem Siddiqui

17th Jul, 2022 | 10:10pm

Leeds United signing Ben Brereton Diaz will be excellent addition after Raphinha departure

Leeds United are involved in a race to sign Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz this summer, according to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The Whites are likely to face strong competition from West Ham for this signature who leading the race to sign the Chile international.

The reports suggest that the Rovers are demanding £20 million to let their star player leave the club in the ongoing transfer window.

Diaz, who joined the club in January 2019 from Nottingham Forest in a deal worth £7.47 million, has less than 12 months left on his current deal.

Attacking Powerhouse

Diaz’s great performances for Blackburn earned him his first international cap for Chile in last year’s Copa America.

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If Leeds get Diaz, they will have a goal scorer they can rely on. Even though Daniel James seems to have found his best position as the false nine at the Elland Road, he cannot be relied upon in terms of goal scoring.

Moreover, Patrick Bamford seems to be the only attacking option that is left for the Whites after the departure of Raphinha.

Diaz has shown in the past that he is a proven goal scorer. In the 2021-22 season, he scored 22 goals in 37 games for Blackburn [Transfermarkt].

He easily can play in a two-striker system if Leeds manager Jesse Marsch prefers to play him alongside Patrick Bamford.

Therefore, at a time when the Whites are in desperate need to find players who can score crucial goals, signing someone like Diaz might prove to be an excellent addition.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are on the verge of winning the race to sign this player amid a £96,000-a-week development.