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Leeds: Whites monitoring Ben Brereton

Leeds: Whites monitoring Ben Brereton - Leeds United News

Leeds United are tracking Blackburn Rovers forward and Chile international Ben Brereton, according to the Chilean edition of AS.

The lowdown

Brereton is currently on Copa America duty and, after coming on as a substitute in their opening group match against Argentina, has started their last three matches.

He scored what proved to be the winning goal against Bolivia and provided an assist in a draw with Uruguay.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent, scored seven goals and provided five assists in 40 Championship appearances last season.

He has only a year remaining on his contract at Ewood Park and is valued at £4.5million by Transfermarkt.

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The latest

Leeds are among the clubs ‘following’ Brereton after manager Marcelo Bielsa himself expressed an interest.

Bielsa himself managed the Chile national team, of course, between 2007 and 2011.

But Leeds face competition from Europa League outfit Real Sociedad, who have shortlisted Brereton.

The future of Alexander Isak, whom the report says is attracting Premier League interest himself, could be key to Sociedad’s pursuit.

The verdict

Brereton has made a dream start to his Chile career off the back of what was a decent season for Rovers in the second tier. It’s no surprise to see him attracting attention.

He’d be a shrewd addition to Leeds’ attacking ranks given his versatility. Though he’s predominantly a left-winger, Brereton also played on the other flank and through the middle last season.

Not only, then, could he provide back-up to Jack Harrison, but also to the likes of Patrick Bamford and Raphinha, potentially meaning Bielsa could improve the depth in multiple positions at once.

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