Leeds United have submitted an offer for Lyon star Maxwel Cornet as they look to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s side ahead of the new Premier League season.
While EURO 2020 may be dominating the headlines at the moment, Victor Orta and co are going about their summer business, and recently announced the signing of Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo.
Reports in recent weeks had claimed that Leeds are also interested in signing Ivory Coast international Cornet this summer, and that his “pace and skill is attractive to boss Marcelo Bielsa”.
Now, OlympiqueetLyonnais have revealed that the Whites have actually made an offer for the versatile ace, but that it has fallen short of Lyon’s demands.
It’s added that the Yorkshire club are following Cornet with interest, and it remains to be seen whether they come back in with another offer.
Cornet initially broke onto the scene as a winger, but last season under Rudi Garcia, transitioned into a left-back, and enjoyed a superb campaign because of it – the 24-year-old managed four goals and six assists in 39 games across all competitions.
And, it wasn’t just his attacking exploits that caught the eye.
As per Sofascore, he also made 1.9 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game in Ligue 1, and won 4.6 duels per match too (to put that into context, England star Kalvin Phillips averaged 2.6 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 5.3 duels won per game in the Premier League).
And, after seeing him shine against his Manchester City side in the Champions League, even Pep Guardiola was left to hail the Ivorian’s talents.
He said: “We only talk about PSG but there are many good French teams, I was very impressed by the talent of Maxwel Cornet. There are many talents in France, I like to play the Champions League because there is a very high quality everywhere, players, coaches.”
While Leeds may have completed the signing of Firpo, bringing in a player like Cornet who can play as a left-winger but also fill in at left-back, would give Bielsa some much-needed depth in those positions.
Aside from Gjanni Alioski last season, the Whites didn’t have a real genuine senior option to back the north Macedonian up, with the likes of Stuart Dallas coming in to fill that role when needed.
Cornet would give Leeds a more natural option in that role, and given his experience of playing for a top side like Lyon, including in the Champions League, would represent an exciting signing.
Orta must surely go back in again for him.