Leeds United are set to miss out on signing Blackburn Rovers star Ben Brereton Diaz as Serie A’s Salernitana is reportedly close to signing the 23-year-old forward.
According to Gianluca Di Marziothe Italian side are close to agreeing a deal with the league side for the Chile international. The Salernitana sporting director was in London recently to discuss the transfer with Blackburn for Brereton, who is also on the radar for Eintracht Frankfurt, Newcastle United and Olympique Lyonnais.
Leeds are also on the hunt for the striker, with former manager Marcelo Bielsa reportedly a fan of the 22-goal striker and tried to sign the former Nottingham Forest star for the Whites last January. However, it is now Salernitana who will sign Brereton this summer.
The Salerno-based side survived relegation last season by just a point after their first year back in Serie A in 23 years. And this summer, Salernitana are keen to enhance their squad with some high-profile arrivals from abroad, with Brereton now likely to sign for the Italian club.
With the likes of Franck Ribery and Joel Obi on their books, Brereton could be tempted to sign for Salernitana despite their overall quality compared to the rest of Serie A. Still, the Blackburn star would likely be a guaranteed starter at the club rather than at a side like Leeds.
Indeed, Leeds could sign an attacker this summer with Raphinha set to leave and Patrick Bamford out injured for most of the season, but Salernitana appear to have beaten the Whites to one of their top targets at Brereton.
Salernitana, who signs Brereton, could sign the Leeds attacker in the future
As mentioned, Salernitana are one of the worst sides in Serie A and avoided relegation by a hair’s breadth last season and this factor means that in another bad season for the Italian club, Leeds could end up at Brereton in the future depending on specific events could.
Indeed, Salernitana’s relegation next season alone could see Leeds rekindle their interest in Brereton, with the attacker also likely to be a better player after spending a year facing some of Europe’s best Serie A players is.
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