Chelsea, Newcastle in contact as winger instructs intermediary over move

Date published: Sunday 24th October 2021 2:44 - Samuel Bannister

Tiago Almeida trying to stop Luis Diaz

Luis Diaz has instructed agent Pini Zahavi to help with his next transfer – which could take him to the Premier League, according to one reporter.

Diaz was the joint-top scorer of the Copa America in 2021, along with a certain Lionel Messi. The Colombian winger plies his trade with Porto at club level at present. However, he has been linked with a transfer for a while.

Everton were linked with him in the latter stages of the summer transfer window. It followed previous reports of interest from the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham.

Diaz ultimately remained in Portugal beyond the closure of the window. His contract with Porto runs until 2024, but even so, next year might be the time for him to make a move.

According to Nicolo Schira, Diaz has nominated Zahavi to act as an intermediary for his next transfer.

Zahavi represents the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He has also played a role in securing transfers for other players and he may now come to Diaz’s aid.

Schira also relayed that four clubs have already asked for information about Diaz. Two of those come from the Premier League: Chelsea and Newcastle.

Newcastle’s interest in Diaz was revealed earlier this week. They would reportedly be willing to activate the £67.5m release clause in his contract, which would be a club-record signing.

That would come as a major statement of intent from their wealthy new owners, as long as they could convince someone who won three trophies in 2020 to join them for what is still a relegation battle.

A different destination for Diaz to consider would be Chelsea, who remain interested in the 24-year-old.

After winning the Champions League last season, Chelsea are still strengthening their squad. Extra depth may be required in attack, as highlighted by injuries to strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Although Diaz plays in a wider role than the sidelined duo, he would give Thomas Tuchel another option in the final third, depending on where he shuffles other players like Kai Havertz.

Diaz eyed by European duo

There will therefore be a big decision for Diaz to make regarding his next step. He must weigh up where he can continue his progress and what kind of level matches his ambition.

But it is not necessarily a given that Diaz will end up in the Premier League. In fact, Schira also suggested two other European sides were in contact for him.

The reporter revealed Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have made their own enquiries.

A move to either La Liga or the Bundesliga would also represent a step up for Diaz, who has plenty of options to pick from.

And after scoring seven goals from his first 12 appearances this season, interest in him is unlikely to fade.

It seems to be a matter of when and for where – not if – he will leave Porto.

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