Leeds United and Everton will face January competition from four La Liga clubs for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz, a report claims.
The 23-year-old has burst into goalscoring life in the Championship after initially suffering a slow start. In fact, after netting just twice in his first two seasons, Brereton Diaz has since added 33 more.
The Chile international has also enjoyed a rise since changing his allegiance, scoring four goals in 14 caps.
As a result, his future has been the subject of continued speculation for a while. Brereton Diaz was a target for many clubs this summer and while he agreed to a one-year Blackburn extension in May, those exit links continued in the following months.
Still, Football Insider reports that he wants to leave the Lancashire club in 2023.
Everton and Fulham made late bids for Brereton Diaz before the summer transfer window closed. What’s more, Leeds have had a long-term interest in the striker, with Wolves and Aston Villa among the other clubs to have been named as potential suitors.
However, none of the clubs were willing to math Blackburn’s £15million-£20million valuation.
Next summer, though, Brereton Diaz will be a free agent and he has cemented his desire to leave. Although, Football Insider adds that four Spanish clubs have joined Leeds and Everton in the hunt for him.
Indeed, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, Valencia and Villarreal are all keen. What’s more, they have planned talks with Brereton Diaz and his camp in January.
From that point on, the striker is free to talk to overseas clubs. Leeds and Everton, though, will have to wait until he becomes a free agent to talk to him.
The report adds that, favourably for the four Spanish clubs, Brereton Diaz is willing to make the move to Spain.
Brereton Diaz has bright career ahead
The fact that Brereton Diaz has sparked into goalscoring life is a great sign for his career prospects.
He struggled massively for form in the early part of his Blackburn tenure, but he has maintained solid run of goals since finding the back of the net regularly.
And he has carried that form into this term, with four goals and one assist in nine Championship games so far.
However, a move to La Liga may be the best route for him to go.
Blackburn sold former striker Adam Armstrong to Southampton and the forward has struggled in the Premier League.
Him and Brereton Diaz are of course different players, but the comparison on the surface may be in the latter’s thinking.
He does not want to shunt his progress and he may therefore find a La Liga switch more comfortable, rather than moving to the Premier League.
If he hits the ground running in Spain and continues his international form, there is no reason why a Premier League move after that could work for him.
For now, though, Brereton Diaz needs to think carefully about his next move. His form has seen many suitors emerge and he needs to pick the right one for his career development.