Leeds United ‘scouts watch’ EFL striker rated at £13m – club ‘vulnerable to bids’ this summer

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Leeds target Brereton Diaz Credit: PA Images
Leeds target Brereton Diaz Credit: PA Images

According to reports, Leeds United ‘scouts have watched’ Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz in recent days as clubs ‘weigh up’ a transfer.

The 23-year-old had a spell at Manchester United as an academy player. He made his debut in senior football for Nottingham Forest.

After an initial loan spell, Blackburn Rovers splashed out around £7m to sign the forward permanently at the start of 2019.

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Brereton Diaz enjoyed a breakout season last term as he netted 22 goals in the Championship.

He has also made a name for himself internationally as he has netted four goals in 15 appearances for Chile.

Football Insider are reporting that Leeds sent scouts to watch Brereton Diaz in a friendly over the weekend against League One side Accrington Stanley.

The player is out of contract in 2023 so Blackburn are ‘vulnerable to bids’ during this summer’s transfer window.

Leeds United feel that Brereton Diaz ‘fits the bill’. Earlier this month it was claimed that he is valued at £13m.

The report adds that ‘a number of Premier League and Spanish La Liga sides weighing up moves for him’.

Elsewhere, Raphinha is said to be ‘exultant and euphoric’ after Barcelona and Leeds United agreed a fee for his transfer this summer.

Barcelona appear to believe they will be paying 55 million Euros (£46.5m) with Sport boasting that they will pay less than the fee agreed with Chelsea for the Brazilian.

Meanwhile, Leeds have clearly let it be known that Barcelona will pay their full asking price of £55m, with another £8m due in add-ons, according to a story in the Daily Mail.

Both clubs clearly want to make it clear that they have not buckled over the price, though Barcelona had apparently only allocated £34m for his signing so have had to spend more than originally planned.

‘The price increase is a direct consequence of the movements made by all the greats of the Premier (with the exception of Pep Guardiola’s City) to take over the services of an explosive left-handed winger,’ say Sport, who claim that Raphinha and his agent are now feeling ‘relief’ after weeks of ‘tension’, ‘anguish’ and ‘suffering’.

Raphinha scored 17 goals and logged 12 assists in 67 games for Leeds since signing from Stade Rennais for just £17m two years ago, so Leeds have made a tidy profit whoever you believe.

 

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