Leeds United have been told the sum they must pay if they are to trump Burnley and secure a deal for Lyon full-back Maxwel Cornet.
The Whites have been linked with the Ivory Coast left-back for most of the summer. It was reported in France at the start of July that Marcelo Bielsa’s side had offered Les Gones €12m. That was rejected and the trail has since gone cold, with Junior Firpo arriving to fill the left-back berth.
But rumours persist that the Elland Road outfit are still keen on the versatile Bregbo-born ace. He can also operate further up the pitch and has played left wing on a number of occasions for Lyon.
That makes him an interesting option for any manager and Bielsa is said to be a fan. However, he will need to move fast as The Athletic claim Burnley have agreed terms with Lyon over his fee.
That is reported to be €13.5m, with talks scheduled over personal terms before he moves to Turf Moor. A switch to Leeds might be more appealing to the former France youth star.
The West Yorkshire club’s attacking mentality would suit his style. And after Saturday’s 5-1 humbling at the hands of Manchester United, the Argentine tactician might opt to make a move.
The transfer window remains open until the end of the month and there is still time to do business. Clarets boss Sean Dyche remans coy about the prospect of signing Cornet.
“No, another rumour, we’ve had that about lots of players,” he told reporters recently. “As far as I know, there’s nothing imminent.”
Cornet among many Leeds targets
It remains to be seen if Leeds do try to lure Cornet to Elland Road but they are said to have eyes on other targets. Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien is on the radar and reportedly wants to join the Premier League outfit.
The 22-year-old midfielder is one of the most promising talents in the Championship, making 42 appearances in the second tier last season. He scored three goals and chipped in with three assists.
Leeds opening bid of £5m was rejected by the Terriers and they are said to have upped that to £7m. Huddersfield feel O’Brien is worth £10m but is has been reported that Victor Orta is increasingly hopeful of a deal.