Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Maxwel Cornet to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by The Journal (via MOT Leeds News), who claim that, following Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League last season, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are now all keeping a very close eye on the situation of the 25-year-old winger ahead of a potential swoop in coming weeks.
The report goes on to state that the Ivory Coast international – who only joined the Clarets in a €15m (£13m) move back last August, penning a five-year deal at Turf Moor – is available for a figure of £17.5m this summer, as a result of having a release clause written into his contract.
Considering just how impressive Cornet was for Burnley last season, coupled with Raphinha recently sealing his long-awaited £55m switch to Barcelona, it is easy to see why Orta would be interested in a deal to bring the forward to Elland Road ahead of the club’s 2022/23 campaign.
Indeed, despite the Clarets’ struggles in the Premier League last time out, the £13.5m-rated talent nevertheless managed to catch the eye over his 26 league appearances, scoring nine goals, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.8 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.5 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £44k-per-week forward who Alex James dubbed “the best summer signing” and Robin Bairner labelled a “massive talent” average an extremely respectable SofaScore match rating of 6.84 – a quite remarkable accomplishment while playing in an attacking lineup that managed just 33 goals all season.
As such, should Orta manage to beat the likes of Spurs and Chelsea to the 29-cap international’s signing this summer, it would undoubtedly represent a huge coup for the Spanish sporting director – especially considering the winger would be available for an extremely reasonable £17.5m fee.