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Burnley submits £15m bid for Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet

Maxwel Cornet

 

Burnley have submitted a £15m offer to Lyon for Ivory Coast left-back Maxwel Cornet.

Burnley’s offer represents a potential club record-equalling transfer, £15m also being the price they paid Middlesbrough for centre-back Ben Gibson in 2018.

Cornet has been a mainstay of Lyon’s sides for the last six seasons, having been a regular first-team player since joining the club as a teenager from Metz in 2015.

Playing in a mixture of roles down the left, Cornet has scored an impressive 51 goals in all competitions for Lyon

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The 24-year-old, who has been capped 21 times by his country, only missed two games last season as Lyon finished fourth in the French top division, which was surprisingly won by Lille, to secure a Europa League place.

But his place in the team has come under threat since Lyon signed Euro 2020 winner Emerson Palmieri on loan from Chelsea last week.

Emerson made his debut in Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Clermont, a game Cornet was suspended for after being sent off in the preceding 3-0 defeat at Angers.

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After that red card, Cornet had to reach out on Instagram to deny reports of a bust-up with team-mate Marcelo, who has since been banished to Lyon’s reserves and was not involved in the squad against Clermont.

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