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Burnley leading the race to sign Cornet

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Premier League side Burnley are leading the race to win the signature of Lyon star Marwell Cornet. Burnley are looking to reinforce their team and reports suggest that they have put a €16m bid for the Ivorian.

Sean Dyche’s side finished 17th in the table last season, though they had a comfortable 11 point lead over the relegated Fulham. Hence, the manager is looking to strengthen his side and Cornet is Burnley top priority.

As per reports coming from Foot Mercato, Lyon was not ready to let Cornet leave for anything less than €13m. Now the deal seems imminent with Burnley ready to pay more than their asking price. The only thing remaining now could be a possible agreement between the club and the player.

CORNET A BRILLIANT BUY FOR BURNLEY

Burnley has had a very silent time in the transfer market so far. The club has not made any huge investment in the squad and this has been a cause of upset for fans and the manager alike.

Manager Sean Dyche, though often criticized for playing “Boring Football”, has been efficient in keeping Burnley as a Premier League side. He did so at the back of a tight budget and an even tighter defence. But with their competitions strengthening this summer, Burnley must follow in order to survive another season.

Cornet hence can be an excellent signing for the Clarets. The 24-year-old can be deployed as a left-back or in the right and left-wing of the midfield. He is extremely versatile and has even played as a centre-forward for Lyon. This versatility makes him useful for Burnley side.

The Ivorian international has played 251 times for Lyon across all competitions. During this time he has scored 51 goals and assisted for 29. One of his famous performances came against Manchester City in the 2019-20 Champions League quarter-final, where he scored against them and helped Lyon, advance to the Semi-Final.

The financial situation of the Ligue 1 clubs means that Lyon could accept the bid for Cornet. However, no deal is finalised at the moment and Burnley will have to act fast as Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin are also interested in signing Cornet.

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