£20m for Lyon left-back Maxwel Cornet is cheap, former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview.
Leeds are in the market for a left-back and have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old.
According to The Sun, the Yorkshire club are keen on Cornet as Marcelo Bielsa looks to strengthen the left side of his defence. However, the same outlet claims there is a reluctance to pay Lyon’s £20m asking price.
For Palmer, though, that is definitely not too much to ask for in this day and age. On Leeds’ reported interest in Cornet, the ex-England international said:
“I think to be honest with you, if you look at the Premier League now, 20 million is cheap, isn’t it? If you look at players moving in the Premier League now, 20 million is considered to be cheap.
“20 million now for a Premier League player would be considered, you know, the norm – quite cheap, really.”
All things considered, £20m for Cornet does not sound like the worst deal. At 24, Cornet already has a lot of experience playing at a high level.
He has been a regular for Lyon in Ligue 1 for years now, has played in the Champions League and is an Ivory Coast international.
Also, as shown on WhoScored, the former Metz man can play in practically every position on the left. Taking all of that into account, his asking price looks more than reasonable.