Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Ben Brereton Diaz to Elland Road this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that, following the news of AC Milan’s improved offer for Club Brugge KV centre-forward Charles De Ketelaere, Victor Orta has now turned his attention to other targets in the summer transfer window – one of whom is said to be the Blackburn Rovers centre-forward.
The report goes on to state that Leeds sent scouts to watch the Chile international in action for Rovers in their pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley last weekend, with the Championship side reported to have placed an asking price of £20m on the 23-year-old striker.
Imagine him & Kalimuendo
Considering the remarkable rise Brereton Diaz enjoyed with Blackburn last season, it is not difficult to understand why Orta would be keen on a deal to bring the forward to Elland Road this summer.
Indeed, over his 37 Championship appearances in 2021/22, the £14.4m-rated talent was in breathtaking form, scoring 22 goals, providing three assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.8 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £6.5k-per-week forward who Tony Mowbray dubbed “extraordinary” average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.94 – with his 22 strikes seeing him rank joint-third in the second-tier scoring charts last time out.
Furthermore, with Orta also reported to be closing in on a £21m deal for Paris Saint-Germain centre-forward Arnaud Kalimuendo this summer – the France U21 international who scored 12 goals over 34 Ligue 1 appearances on loan at RC Lens last season – the prospect of Jesse Marsch adding both players to his attacking arsenal ahead of Leeds’ 2022/23 Premier League campaign is sure to be an incredibly tantalising one for the Elland Road faithful.
Indeed, with the Whites set to receive a club-record €72m (£61m) fee from Barcelona’s signing of Raphinha, Orta will have more than enough funds to pursue both attacking targets this summer – with a Kalimuendo and Brereton Diaz link-up in the Leeds attack next season undoubtedly being a terrifying thought for Premier League defenders up and down the country.