Blackburn Rovers are prepared to trigger the option they hold on Ben Brereton Diaz’s contract to avoid losing him for free, although the two parties remain locked in talks over a fresh agreement, Football League World understands.
Brereton Diaz was a £7m signing at Ewood Park back in 2019 after a successful loan from Nottingham Forest, with the recently capped Chile international enjoying the most fruitful spell of his career to date at the moment.
The 22-year-old has seven goals and one assist in nine appearances this season in the Championship, including a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Cardiff City at the weekend.
Blackburn, though, are having to negotiate a new contract with the forward as his current terms are set to expire in the summer of 2022.
Football League World understand that Blackburn are locked in talks with Brereton Diaz over a new contract and are hopeful that a sustained push for promotion will keep him at the club long-term.
Currently, Tony Mowbray’s side sit sixth in the Championship table, with Sevilla a club closely monitoring the situation of their star man.
Blackburn’s stance, though, is to retain Brereton Diaz in the summer no matter what, with the club prepared to trigger a 12-month extension on his deal if they cannot reach a new agreement.
They hope that scenario won’t play out, but are aware that it will allow them to recoup the fee they initially paid for him at the very least.