La Liga side Real Sociedad have entered the battle to sign Blackburn Rovers attacker Ben Brereton, a report from Chilean outlet AS has claimed.
Brereton enjoyed an impressive campaign for Blackburn last season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 40 league appearances, earning him a place in Chile’s squad for the Copa America, with the 22-year-old eligible for that call-up through his Chilean mother.
The striker already scored once and provided an assist to help his country secure their place in the quarter finals, with his performances leading to plenty of speculation around his future.
Premier League side Leeds, who are managed by former Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa, were recently linked with a move for Brereton, and they are now not the only club to have been credited with an interest in the Blackburn man.
According to this latest update, Sociedad are now also interested in a deal for Brereton, having had him recommended to them by their former boss Martin Lasarte, who is now in charge of the striker with Chile.
It is thought that Sociedad have yet to officially open negotiations for Brereton, but could make a move if they lose Alexander Isak during the current window, with the attacker himself attracting interest thanks to his performances for Sweden at Euro 2020 this summer.
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Brereton has just a year remaining on his current contract with Blackburn, although the club are reportedly in talks with the striker’s representatives over a new deal.
You feel this may be developing into something of a concern for Blackburn.
It is probably no surprise that these sort of links are starting to emerge, given how impressive he has been for Chile during the Copa America.
That opportunity to play top-flight football is one that may well appeal to Brereton, and given the offers those clubs may be able to afford, it could be difficult for Rovers to afford him should a bid come in, particularly considering his contract situation.
As a result, these international exploits that were initially greeted with a good deal of excitement around Ewood Park, may soon become a source of nerves for the clubs, as they try to hold on to an increasingly important player.