Yet to make a signing in this transfer window, Burnley know they need to act quickly to bolster their ranks if they are to stand any chance at avoiding relegation. Sean Dyche recently lost Chris Wood to Newcastle for £25 million, meaning he no longer has his most prolific forward. This deal did, however, recoup sufficient funds to reinvest in Premier-League-quality replacements. Burnley currently have their sights set on attacker Mislav Orsic, a player who has had recent success against English top-flight opposition.
Burnley Chasing After Mislav Orsic
Mislav Orsic Wanted at Turf Moor
According to Alex James of Lancs Live, Burnley have been in touch with Dinamo Zagreb with regards to a potential move for the 29-year-old.
Orsic’s current club holds the upper hand in negotiations considering they extended his contract last year to run through 2025. Thus, they will feel no obligation to sell if their £10 million price tag is not met.
Creative Forward With Notable Recent Success
If Orsic were to arrive at Turf Moor, the attacking prowess he brings would be much different to what they lost through the departure of Wood. Orsic is a creative-minded, speedy winger who thrives both near the sidelines and when cutting infield. He can play as an out-and-out winger, does the defensive work when necessary if asked to play as a wide midfielder, and is adept at playing as a centre-forward or attacking-midfielder if required. Equally talented with both feet, Orsic is a nightmare to defend against.
This season, in all competitions, Orsic has found the back of the net nine times and provided five assists. Last campaign was when he sent shockwaves through the football world and forced people to take a closer look at him: he scored 24 goals and provided nine assists. His most memorable moment from the 2020/21 season was when he scored an electric hat-trick in the second leg of a Europa League Round of 16 clash against Tottenham Hotspur to overcome a 2-0 aggregate deficit and advance into the quarter-finals.
Orsic’s rise for the Croatian giants did not begin last season, though. In the 2019/20 Champions League campaign, he scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the first match of the group stages.
Having yet to spend a season in a major European league, it remains to be seen whether his prolific goal-contributing return will translate to the Premier League should a transfer agreement be reached. However, on multiple occasions in UEFA competitions, Orsic has shown he has what it takes to compete against the best. Signing Orsic would be a risk for Burnley considering the fee and his relative lack of experience top-level experience, but if his performance against Tottenham is a sign of things to come against English sides, then a move for the 14-time-capped Croatian International Team player could yield tremendous dividends.