This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
La Liga side Sevilla are interested in a move for Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz and are preparing a bid for his services, according to TEAMtalk.
The Spanish top-tier club are preparing to be swarmed by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for Youssef En-Nesyri, who scored 18 goals in 38 league appearances last term and is expected to be the subject of considerable interest in January after continuing in a similar vein this season.
As per TEAMtalk, they have earmarked Chile international Brereton Diaz as a potential replacement, after seeing the 22-year-old thrive at both a domestic and international level this calendar.
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The forward has been particularly lethal for Tony Mowbray’s side this season, stepping up in the absence of Adam Armstrong and former loanee Harvey Elliott and scoring ten goals in 11 Championship appearances so far in 2021/22.
Joint top-scorer in the Championship with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, he has been rewarded with further international call-ups and increased interest in his services with his contract at Ewood Park expiring next summer.
Football League World understands this interest from Julen Lopetegui’s side dates back as far as July, with three other La Liga sides also thought to have been monitoring his situation at that time.
And ahead of this potential move, we asked three of our writers at Football League World if he’s a good signing for the former Europa League champions and whether he’s suited and ready for the Spanish top division.
Brereton Diaz is not a very aesthetically pleasing footballer in terms of the way he scores goals and impacts a football match.
Whether that makes him less or more suited to La Liga is neither here nor there but Sevilla would be a very different challenge to Blackburn Rovers and one that if he cannot sustain his goalscoring form, his numbers from previous seasons do not suggest he is ready for the step up to La Liga.
The Chilean should stay at Ewood Park until at least the end of the season and then reassess, with his contract up in the summer he should push for a release clause to be inserted into a new deal so other interested parties know where they stand on a valuation.
Ben Brereton Diaz is proving to be an exceptional talent, and it is no real shock to see interest from top-tier clubs starting to come to fruition.
Despite being 22 years old, he has the physicality to cause defences problems, whilst possessing the technical ability and confidence to justify a move to a top division.
Brereton Diaz is also proving to be fearless, and that is a trait that makes a proposed move to Sevilla seem like it would work out.
The 22-year-old has all the necessary traits to thrive in La Liga, with his technical ability and attacking drive being two abilities he would bring to Sevilla.
Brereton Diaz is edging ever-closer to a move to the top division, but it will be interesting to see what country he ends up in, should something be agreed on.
Considering the form that Ben Brereton Diaz is in at the moment there is no doubt that he has the potential to make the step up to a higher level than the Championship.
Sevilla would be a very interesting career move for the forward and it could be one that very much suits the qualities that he brings to the table.
You could see him thriving in a league that is slightly less physical than the Premier League or the Championship and one where technical ability can stand out.
Blackburn are not going to be wanting to allow their star man to leave the club midway through a season and you can see them potentially holding out until at least the summer.
Therefore, Sevilla are going to have to potentially wait to get their target and the issue is that there is bound to be further interest from English clubs and possibly other teams abroad if he maintains his form.
Brereton Diaz should be keeping Sevilla as an option open though because it would be a very good move for him and he could get the chance to compete in a European club competition on a regular basis with the Spanish club.