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Frank Lampard’s Everton are currently the side in ‘pole position’ to sign Burnley forward Maxwel Cornet following the latter’s relegation.
Cornet had spent his whole career playing in France prior to his move to Burnley last summer. They paid around £12.5m to sign him from Lyon.
The forward was only able to make 26 appearances in the Premier League in his debut season, but he shone scoring nine times in the league.
The Ivory Coast was one of their only standout players in what was a torrid season for the Clarets. Their fortunes improved while Mike Jackson was in charge, but they suffered relegation on the final day of the campaign.
Cornet has a £17.5m release clause in his contract and he is expected to depart Burnley before the summer transfer window slams shut.
Everton are among the clubs interested and they are in ‘pole position’ to sign Cornet, according to Ignazio Genuardi (via Sport Witness).
The Toffees need reinforcements in attacking areas after Richarlison was sold to Tottenham for £60m earlier this summer. The three players they have brought in are James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil.
If Genuardi is to be believed, Cornet is primed to be Everton’s third signing from Burnley this summer.
He is reporting that the Premier League outfit have ‘found an agreement’ on a five-year contract which is worth around £67,000-a-week.
Talks with Burnley are ‘more complicated’, though. This is as Everton are looking to pay an initial £14.2m plus £3.3m in add-ons to reach the player’s £17.5m clause.
This proposal is understood to have been turned down by Burnley, who are demanding a larger fixed fee. The report notes that West Ham and Nottm Forest are also interested in the attacker.
Cornet will not be involved in Burnley’s opening Championship game of the 2021/22 season against Huddersfield Town on Friday night.
Man City legend Vincent Kompany is Burnley’s new manager and he has told the club’s supporters what they can expect from his team:
“Relentless is the best way to describe it. In terms of who I am as a person, I think I’m naturally brave but I’m very self-critical as well. I’m brave because I throw myself into a situation, but at the same time, I’m willing to work hard to make it work and that fits the description here,” Kompany said (via Burnley’s official website).
“The style of play might change but it’s more about the culture and the values here which need to stay the same. I’ve been at other Clubs where you go through change, but you’re in the North West and you’ve got to work hard.
“The lads need to be able to be spoken to directly. The balls may not be direct, but the instructions still will be. The rest of it is about finding a way to score goals in every moment of the game, and that’s something I’m looking for in my team.”
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