Burnley are set to make a bid of around £13 million for Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet, reports Alan Nixon of The Sun and John McDougall of The Lancashire Telegraph. The Clarets are said to like Cornet’s versatility, having started out as a winger but playing the 2020/21 season as a left-back.
Maxwel Cornet of Interest to Burnley
Talks Have Already Begun
While there has been no official bid yet, talks with Lyon over the deal have already begun, according to Nixon. Sean Dyche is keen to add some extra pace to his squad and the Ivory Coast international fits that bill.
The 24-year-old has been with Lyon since 2015, making over 180 appearances in that time. A large portion of his spell has been as a winger, but when Lyon reverted to a five-man defence last season, he also found success as a left-wingback, and that’s something Burnley want to take advantage of.
They currently have Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dwight McNeil who can operate in the wide areas, and both Charlie Taylor and Erik Pieters who can play at left-back. Adding Cornet to either position would introduce some healthy competition.
It appears, though, that Burnley are not alone in the chase. Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin are said to be extremely interested in Cornet too.
Hertha have already spent £7.2 million on Suat Serdar from relegated Shalke and have added former Barcelona attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng after he left Italian side Monza.
Burnley’s Premier League counterparts Leeds United were also interested earlier this summer but decided to not proceed with the deal after not wanting to meet their asking price.