Who is Luis Diaz? The flying winger wanted by Chelsea and Barcelona

Martin Macdonald
Porto winger Luis Dias

One of the stars of summer football in 2021 has been Porto and Colombia winger Luis Diaz.

The 24-year-old finished the Copa America as joint top goalscorer alongside Lionel Messi, with the pair scoring four goals each.

Dias had already impressed at Porto last season as his performances helped them to a league and cup double.

Now, the Portuguese giants face a tough task to try and retain him beyond the current transfer window.

What position does Luis Diaz play?

Diaz features as a winger, usually on the left-hand side.

How old is Luis Diaz?

Diaz was born on 13 January 1997, making him 24 years old.

What is Luis Diaz’s height?

Diaz is five-feet-ten inches tall.

How good is Luis Diaz?

After starring for Atletico Junior, Diaz signed for Porto for €7 million in July of 2019.

In his first season with the club he made 34 starts in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and recording three assists.

Though his goalscoring went down slightly to 10 in all competitions in 2020/21, his assist recorded shot up from three to six.

The Colombian is very much in the mould of the modern winger in that he plays on the left wing to cut inside onto his stronger right foot.

Dribbling comes as a natural talent to him, but his shooting is also impressive as he regularly attempts to find space for a strike on goal when space develops from that left flank.

At the Copa America, he helped Colombia finish third thanks to his performances and tally of four goals.

Former Colombia head coach Arturo Reyes likened Diaz's talents to that of new Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho.

“A player like Lucho, with the qualities he has, can play for any team. It’s not easy to find players like him," he told O Jogo.

“There are things similar to Sancho. Both have fun on the field, they don’t feel pressure and they play the same way in any side."

What clubs are interested in Luis Diaz?

Chelsea and Spurs were previously the two main clubs linked with Diaz, but it is believed Everton are now leading the race for his signature as the Toffees believe they can sweeten the deal by including James Rodriguez, who could return to Porto on loan.

As for the other two teams, Tottenham would seem the more likely destination as Chelsea do not play with wingers at the moment, instead utilising wingbacks.

Yes, Diaz could easily feature in one of the positions behind Romelu Lukaku, but the Blues are already stacked in that department so it seems unlikely they would spend tens of million on another squad member.

Most recently, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been linked.

Brighton, Milan, and Inter have also been mentioned as interested parties.

Diaz has a release clause of €68 million, but Porto would allegedly allow him to leave for around €35m.

When does Luis Diaz’s contract expire?

Diaz's contract with Porto runs until July of 2024.

What is Luis Diaz’s Instagram?

Diaz's Instagram has one million followers as of August 2021.