Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Toffees could trigger the Burnley forward’s €21m (£17.86m) release clause before the transfer window closes.
Giving an update on Everton’s prospective dealings, the transfer insider tweeted: “The release clause for Maxwel Cornet could be triggered for €21m fee”
The Goodison Park faithful have been starved of signings so far this summer, with only James Tarkowski joining on a free transfer earlier this month, but supporters will love hearing that it seems there is now work ongoing to improve the squad following a disastrous 2021/22 campaign.
Everton only retained their top-flight status by the skin of the teeth when they secured enough points to survive in a 3-2 comeback against Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season, and Lampard will want to avoid a similar outcome as they return to action next month.
Despite being relegated with Burnley last term, Cornet was a standout player, putting in some impressive performances which helped his team take their relegation battle right down to the final minutes of the last day.
Over 26 appearances, the 25-year-old scored nine goals, delivered one assist and created two big chances, taking 1.8 shots and winning 2.8 duels per game, proving that even in a struggling team he can pose an attacking threat and offer creativity.
Not only has Cornet shown his capabilities and talent at Turf Moor, he also offers diversity in his positioning and is capable of playing across the front three, as well as left full-back and left midfield, which could make him a highly valuable asset to Lampard next season as he attempts to find the perfect system for Everton.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Ivorian, saying of the former Lyon winger’s talent: “I was very impressed by the talent of Maxwel Cornet.”
The Toffees manager will be keen to add strength to his attacking threat this summer after losing Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could develop a new strike partnership with Cornet if Farhad Moshiri can complete a deal to bring the Burnley marksman to Goodison Park.