Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton could be a “bargain” for Leeds United and save the club more than £10 million this summer, according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan.
Brereton’s impressive displays for Chile in the Copa America appear to have caught the attention of the Yorkshire club, with Chilean outlet Red Gol reporting that Leeds are weighing up whether to move for the 22-year-old.
It is understood that Blackburn are looking to agree new terms with him as his contract at Ewood Park set to expire next summer.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan – who came through at Elland Road – has suggested that Brereton could represent a bargain and cost just £8 million this summer.
He explained: “When you look at these sort of players playing international football down to one year of your contract, I’m sure a memo’s gone out.
“It’ll show every single player in the Championship down on their contract. Clubs might think: ‘Hmm, we could get a real deal here, a real bargain.’
“Everyone’s in the market for a bargain, especially in the climate that we’ve been in.
“If you can get something over the line, if he fits the bill, if he’s a player that’s going to excite, to bring some kind of challenge to the team then absolutely.
“Why not? There’s no reason why we should just look into signing £20 million players if you’ve got one on your doorstep that you can get for £7-8 million.”
The 2020/21 campaign was the best of the 22-year-old’s career to date in terms of production, seeing him score seven times and add five assists.
Brereton broke through as a teenager at Nottingham Forest in the 2016/17 campaign, with his impressive performances in his first two seasons at senior level drawing links to the likes of Liverpool.
In the end, it was Blackburn that signed the exciting young forward, spending £7 million to bring him to Ewood Park, but he has struggled to live up to his potential in the North West so far.
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You can certainly see where Whelan is coming from here and bargains are likely to be more important than ever this summer if clubs can find them.
However, I’d question whether Brereton would represent good value for Leeds at £8 million.
The 22-year-old clearly has talent but he’s not proven himself a top Championship player yet, never mind someone deserving of a Premier League move.
Marcelo Bielsa’s record developing players speaks for itself but even so, signing him would be a huge risk.