View: Leeds United need to pay at least £15m-20m for Ben Brereton in January
Leeds United may need to re-think their transfer strategy in the January window after Tony Mowbray’s latest comments on Ben Brereton Diaz.
Earlier this month, TeamTalk reported that Leeds have been told it would take over £30m to sign the Chilean striker in the January window.
The 22-year-old has been in sensational form this season, managing 20 goals for Blackburn Rovers already.
Rovers are aiming for automatic promotion to the Premier League and they won’t be willing to part ways with their star striker.
At the same time, money speaks. Mowbray has suggested that the situation could change if there’s a huge offer, but even a deal starting from £15million could force them into consideration.
“I’ve been in football a long time and if someone comes and offers £50m then I’m sure that stance might change. Let’s be honest about it,” Mowbray said (7 January), as quoted by Lancashire Telegraph.
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“We sold Armstrong for £15m going up to £20m, Ben Brereton is two years younger than Adam and scored more goals in the first half of the season so it would have to be at least that.
“Is a team going to bid that for Ben Brereton in January? I think that’s highly unlikely and I think the owners are putting the right message out there for our supporters.”
The question is – will Leeds make a move for him in January?
Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing players in January, and the Whites board are likely to back him in the transfer market as well.
Signing a midfielder is a top priority, but adding another striker cannot be ruled out.
Patrick Bamford has just returned from an injury and he needs time to get back to full sharpness.
However, the injury to young Joe Gelhardt, who damaged his ankle in the training, could force Bielsa into signing another striker.
Tyler Roberts has failed to grab opportunities, and it’s high time Leeds make another quality addition to their forward line. Survival is at stake.
It could be a masterstroke move from Leeds and Victor Orta. Rovers don’t expect any club to move for Brereton, and Leeds can take this advantage by moving first and putting an enticing package that they can’t refuse.
It’s a long-term investment, although Rovers do not want to sell him, there’s a window of opportunity here.
In other Leeds news, Elland Road club looking to continue talks over new deal for star man – report