By Pranav Shahaney

13th Dec, 2021 | 3:15pm

Tony Mowbray admits Leeds United target Ben Brereton could leave for Premier League

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has admitted that he will not stop striker Ben Brereton leaving for the Premier League, amid links to Leeds United.

According to The Sun, the Whites are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old Chile international who’s plying his trade at the Lancashire outfit.

It has been claimed that they’re looking for a fee in the region of £25 million to part ways with the striker.

Discussing his future, Mowbray said, via The Daily Mail, “The club will decide, the owners will decide. The owners’ business has suffered a bit in India and Ben Brereton Diaz is doing amazingly well.

“I was a footballer for 20 years and when you are doing well sometimes you have to strike and if he can get a top, top move and earn the money in the Premier League and be a Premier League striker I would never stop him doing that.

“Let’s see what January brings. I hope he’s not in a rush to leave the club, he’s not intimated that at the moment, but every player has their price.”

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Diaz has had a taste of international football and appears to be killing it in the Championship.

The only next step for him is a move to the Premier League and Leeds will offer him that opportunity.

His asking rate may be a tad high, but clubs tend to quote inflated valuations and bring down their price once negotiations begin.

The fact that Mowbray is so coy and non-committal about him staying suggests that there could be conversations taking place internally.

He may have already informed the manager that he wants to take the step up and it remains to be seen whether Leeds follow up their interest with a concrete offer.

They certainly need a striker in addition to Patrick Bamford and he would be a phenomenal acquisition.

In other Leeds United news, Alan Shearer has slammed two Whites players on MOTD for what they did in loss v Chelsea