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Burnley linked with Lyon’s Ivorian ace

Last Updated on by James King

As what has become somewhat ‘the norm’, it has been a quiet summer at Burnley, though despite this, the club still spent £12.60 million on Stoke City centre-back Nathan Collins, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and centre-back Jacob Badeau have slipped through the door on free transfers.

Following their 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton in the opening round of Premier League fixtures, it has prompted the club to push ahead with further transfer plans.

Burnley linked with Lyon’s Ivorian ace

Despite finishing in the lower half of the Premier League for the last few seasons, manager Sean Dyche has done well with the club every season on what has been a shoestring budget and the club could be set for another hard campaign this term.

However, there is no doubt that if a new player can be brought in, that they will be much-needed, especially considering that the club has a particularly small squad.

As a result, Lyon’s Maxwell Cornet could prove to be a particularly clever signing, if they can get it over the line. The club has reportedly lined up a bid of £12 million, although they face competition for the player from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.


What would Cornet offer?

The player has a number of admirable traits, though what will be most attractive to Dyche, is the Ivorian’s versatility, with the 24-year-old able to operate as a left-back, right-back, central midfielder, winger and also as a striker.

His pace and energy stand out, however, he has shown an eye for goal as well, scoring four goals and registering six assists for the French club across all competitions last season, predominantly from left-back.

Dyche would likely utilise the player further forward for Burnley, as he would be able to give the side a different dimension, especially on the counter-attack. Cornet has also scored four goals against Manchester City in the Champions League over the last four seasons, operating mainly as a winger and is certainly able to rise to big occasions.

There is no doubt that the addition of Cornet would improve the Burnley squad and certainly make them a more dangerous prospect, while fans can be excited at the prospect of him linking up with star player Dwight McNeil.

His arrival would likely put an end to Burnley’s transfer business this summer and maybe give them enough to challenge for a mid-table finish this season if Cornet is able to realise his goal-scoring potential.