By Craig Scott

17th Jul, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United ready bid to sign Blackburn goal machine Ben Brereton Diaz as £10m transfer twist emerges

Leeds United are readying a bid to sign Blackburn centre-forward Ben Brereton Diaz this summer, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

Writing via his Patreon account on Sunday (17 July), Nixon reported that Blackburn’s billionaire owners Venkys want £20million for the 23-year-old Chile international, who was born in Stoke.

It is understood that Sevilla have made a move for the Ewood Park goal machine, offering £10million for his signature.

Nixon adds that Brereton Diaz is interested in a move away from the UK but he’s attracting attention from Leeds, Newcaste and West Ham.

However, it is reported that none of those clubs are willing to meet the £20million valuation that Blackburn have set.

Not worth it

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Brereton Diaz has done really well for Blackburn and Chile – there’s no denying that.

Last season, the ex-Nottingham Forest ace scored 22 goals in 37 Championship appearances for Rovers while he also scored four goals in his first 14 caps for Chile.

Brereton Diaz can play out on the left-wing or as a centre-forward, where he enjoyed most of his luck in front of goal last term.

However, he’s not worth £20million.

If Leeds were to sign Brereton Diaz, we doubt that he’d take Patrick Bamford’s spot in the starting line-up unless the England international suffered an injury or suspension.

It’s all well and good him scoring against the likes of Blackpool, Millwall, Birmingham, Barnsley, Bolivia and Paraguay.

But can he do it regularly against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool?

It would be a risk and it would be an expensive risk on a player who could just be a back-up option at Elland Road.

Brereton Diaz also has less than a year left on his contract at Ewood Park.

Blackburn’s stance could soften towards the end of the summer and that £10million bid by Sevilla may start to look more realistic.

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