Maxwel Cornet ready to leave Burnley as report reveals details of bargain exit clause in Clarets deal

Maxwel Cornet, Burnley, May 2022.

Burnley star Maxwel Cornet could make way for £17.5million after just one season with the club thanks to a relegation clause in his deal.

Cornet burst onto the scene following his £13.5million move from Lyon in the summer. In his first five games, the Ivorian scored four goals, including a brace against Southampton.

Immediately, it looked as if Burnley had uncovered a gem. He had been performing consistently for years in France, and took to the Premier League with ease.

Cornet was clearly one of Burnley’s most crucial assets over the course of the season. He ended as their top goalscorer, with nine goals – the highest league tally of his career.

His final goal of the season came on the last day, when the Clarets needed to better Leeds United’s result to stay up.

After Burnley went 2-0 down to Newcastle United, Cornet tried his best to claw them back into it, but his strike was merely a consolation, and a Leeds win meant Mike Jackson’s side were relegated.

That relegation could mean for another move for Cornet, though. A report from The Athletic details a clause in his contract, which means he can now leave for £17.5million, due to the relegation.

That may be a relief for the winger, who reportedly thought his deal with Burnley was just a loan.

Either way, it will be a big loss for Burnley, given how influential the 25-year-old has been during his time at Turf Moor.

He may not be the only player that could potentially move on, following the drop.. There are a few players that will likely not take too well to the idea of playing in the Championship.

Cornet likely to leave Burnley

It is more than likely that Cornet will leave Burnley, given the clause in his contract. While £17.5million is more than the Clarets paid for him, he has shown he is capable of performing in the Premier League.

As such, there may be a few English clubs that like what they have seen from him, and want to take him on board.

Given his age, he should still have a lot of good football ahead of him, and somebody is likely to take the plunge.

Given he reportedly wanted to return to Lyon earlier this season, that could be a potential move that has legs, too. Either way, it is unlikely to see a player of Cornet’s quality plying his trade in the second tier of English football.

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