An ambitious Burnley approach for an exciting Ligue 1 left-back has been derailed after Lyon’s Maxwell Cornet has turned down a move to Turf Moor, TEAMtalk understands.
Burnley had made a move for the Ivory Coast international to bolster their left-sided options before the transfer window closes at the end of this month..
Cornet now operates primarily as a left-back, though boasts potent attacking tendencies having previously been deployed further forward earlier in his career.
He has notched 31 goals and 22 assists during his Ligue 1 tenure. He bagged two goals and five assists when pushed back onto the left side of defence last year, proving his attacking prowess cannot be contained from deep.
The 24-year-old was valued at around £13million. And Lyon have already looked to land his replacement in the shape of Chelesa’s Emerson Palmieri.
A deal on that front appears there for the making with the Italian international recently making clear his frustrations over his lack of game-time.
However, we understand that Burnley are set for disappointment with Cornet instead preferring a move to Hertha Berlin.
The Bundesliga side are also understood to be monitoring the versatile left-sided star.
Leeds make Burnley contact amid Bielsa admiration
Meanwhile, in a second exclusive, Leeds United have made enquiries over signing Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill, TEAMtalk understands.
The 25-year-old is not short of admirers. We’ve previously revealed that West Ham boss David Moyes has watched him closely. Indeed, Moyes sees Brownhill as an ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble.
Villa are also admirers of the midfielder, though are yet to register a firm interest.
Brownhill, though, would be difficult to prise away from the Clarets and would command a big fee. They paid £10m to prise him from Bristol City and his fee now is likely to be 50 percent higher.
However, we understand he has a huge admirer in Marcelo Bielsa. And our sources have revealed that Leeds have made contact.