£17.5million claim on Burnley star

Burnley striker Maxwel Cornet will be available for just £17.5million, according to the Daily Mail, with a release clause coming into effect after being relegated from the Premier League.

The Ivorian was one of the Lancashire side’s better players of the 2021/22 season, arriving from Lyon last summer and scoring nine goals and one assist in 26 Premier League games.

His stint at Turf Moor could come to an end in the coming months as Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte was seen as an admirer of the 25-year-old after seeing him adapt seamlessly to English football.

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He is one of many players who could leave the Lancashire side in the summer as they adjust to the financial challenges of participating in the Championship as the club repay a £65million loan following their relegation to the second division got to.

Nick Pope is another player who could be on the way out, although it is currently unclear whether a side will be willing to pay anywhere near the £40million it may take to see him off in the coming months to lure the Clarets away.

Any side interested in recruiting Cornet don’t even have to spend half of that as the Ivorian’s release clause renders the £17.5million relegation clause powerless and a club willing to pay that amount.

However, he joined Turf Moor for a fee of around £12.9million, which allowed them to turn a profit on the 25-year-old.

The judgment:

Considering how productive he has been during the 2021/22 season, he would be a great player for the next term and that’s why many fans will be keen to keep him but might be reconciled to losing him.

Sheffield United faced a similar situation with Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge last summer and it always looked like at least one of the two would leave, with the former’s departure potentially allowing the Blades to keep the latter.

The potential departure of Nick Pope could mean the same for Cornet – but with Berge’s release clause double that of the Ivorian – it could be difficult for the Lancashire side to keep the 25-year-old.

However, if they both go it could ease potential finance worries, allow them to comply with the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules and also allow them to spend in the summer window.

Those expenses give them the best chance of returning to the top flight at first, a task that will be difficult given the strength of other sides in the second division in 2022/23.

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