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LaLiga side hatch Ben Brereton-Diaz plan that Blackburn will be furious with

Ben-Brereton-Diaz Blackburn August 2022

Spanish outfit Sevilla have told prolific Blackburn striker Ben Brereton-Diaz to wait until January when they will then coming knocking for the striker on a pre-contract, according to TEAMtalk sources.

Championship side Blackburn are said to be hoping for as much as £25m for the hitman, who blasted 22 league goals last season. The forward has already scored twice this campaign but he has rejected the offer of a new deal.

Rovers have held talks with Brereton’s representatives over the prospect of a new deal. But there has been no breakthrough and Sky Sports insist the player is “keen to explore opportunities elsewhere”.

A bid of £10m from Nice has been lodges, but it is understood that offer was turned down immediately. Exactly what price tag Rovers have set on the 23-year-old is unclear. But it will take an offer in excess of £15m to speak to the striker.

Rovers settled for around £15m for Adam Armstrong from Southampton in a similar situation last summer. And that may well be enough to get a deal done for the player.

TEAMtalk understands Sevilla want to sign the Stoke-born forward, but they do not want to pay a big transfer fee. In fact they want to land the player on a free transfer. And they will try and persuade Brereton-Diaz to pen a pre-contract in January.

There is English interest in the player. West Ham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth are all checking on Brereton-Diaz, but they have all baulked at the asking price.

Everton are also interest in the forward, who represents Chile at international level.

Brereton-Diaz ‘enjoying’ it at Blackburn

Blackburn are expected to re-focus there efforts on agreeing a new deal with the player if he stays beyond the September 1 transfer window. Foreign clubs would be able to negotiate a free-transfer from January though, while British clubs would still be liable for a fee in the January window.

Asked about the prospect of Brereton-Diaz leaving, boss Jon Dahl Tomasson told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I can only see the boy, as I’ve said many times, he’s laughing every day, enjoying his time here.

“He’s doing his best for Rovers, as he should do.

“If a club comes in, then good players cost money. I said it every third day.”

Brereton is set to be rested for Tuesday night’s tricky Carabao Cup tie at Bradford City.