Sevilla ‘leading race for Ben Brereton Diaz, with Saints also keen on Blackburn and Chile striker’
Sevilla are ‘leading the race for Ben Brereton Diaz’s signature’ with LaLiga club keeping an eye on his red-hot displays for Blackburn and Chile – but ‘Southampton are also keen on the in-form £20m-rated striker’
- LaLiga side Sevilla are reportedly at the head of the queue for Ben Brereton Diaz
- The Blackburn striker has scored 16 goals in 20 games for Rovers this campaign
- Brereton Diaz, 22, has also impressed playing for his international side, Chile
LaLiga club Sevilla are at the head of the queue to sign Ben Brereton Diaz, according to reports.
The Blackburn and Chile striker has been in red-hot form this season, with 16 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions.
And as reported by the Sun, his goalscoring displays have attracted the attention of Spanish outfit Sevilla, who are leading the race for his signature.
Sevilla are reportedly leading the race for Chile striker Ben Brereton Diaz (pictured above)
Brereton Diaz has scored 16 goals in 20 matches in all competitions for Blackburn this season
Julen Lopetegui’s side are thought to have scouted Brereton Diaz, 22, personally both for his country and in the Championship for Rovers.
Blackburn reportedly want around £20million for their striking centrepiece, who has become crucial to the second-tier side since Adam Armstrong’s sale to Southampton this summer for £15m.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints are also said to be interested in bringing Stoke-born Brereton Diaz to the club to partner Armstrong, but may have to sell a forward first to raise the funds to buy him.
Southampton are keen to partner him with Adam Armstrong, who they signed from Blackburn
But Julen Lopetegui’s LaLiga title-challenging side are thought to be the frontrunners for him
Blackburn, managed by Tony Mowbray, know Brereton Diaz has several years remaining on his contract at Ewood Park and are under no immediate pressure to sell, although they would reluctantly allow a sale to help balance the books.
Sevilla, currently third in the table, are just two points off leaders Real Madrid and are genuine title contenders, likely making them an attractive prospect for the hotshot striker.
In the current Rojiblancos squad, Erik Lamela, Jesus Navas, Fernando, Suso, Rafa Mir and Karim Rekik have all moved to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan from English football.