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Key transfer barrier revealed for Burnley star in potential quest to seal Turf Moor exit

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Most sides that are interested in Burnley talisman Maxwel Cornet are not keen on paying his release clause in one lump sum, as per a report from 90min.

Previously looking as though he would be at Turf Moor for the long term after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract last summer as part of his £12.9m move from Lyon, the Clarets’ relegation has provided him with an exit route.

This is because a £17.5m release clause came into play following their return to the Championship, with the Ivorian enjoying a reasonably successful 2021/22 campaign despite his side’s decline.

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Recording nine goals in 26 league appearances, he hasn’t been short of interest from elsewhere this summer with West Ham United now seemingly the frontrunners to try and get a deal over the line for his services.

Newcastle United are also believed to be firmly interested in luring him away from Lancashire, though they are one side that aren’t willing to stump up the £17.5m up front to bypass negotiations with officials at Turf Moor and directly enter talks with the player.

Vincent Kompany’s side seem to be open to an arrangement that allows an interested side to pay in instalments from the Ivory Coast international – but have bumped up his price tag to £25m for clubs that want to explore that avenue.

The Magpies aren’t the only side that are unwilling to pay a hefty fee up front, with 90min revealing most other sides that are in the race also hold the same stance.

The Verdict:

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Nottingham Forest were another side that are reluctant to cough up that amount because they have already spent a considerable amount of money this summer.

There are no guarantees they will survive in the Premier League either, though they may need to pay instalments in the second tier if they returned there and with that, there’s also a case for Forest paying up now rather than leaving it until later.

Financial fair play (FFP) rules apply to all teams though and this is why it’s no surprise to see multiple sides take the same stance, especially on a player that may not be guaranteed to be a regular starter.

Nine goals in 26 league games is a good record but that may not be enough to be a starter up front for the likes of Newcastle and West Ham, both of whom will be hoping to compete for European football during this term.

And if he isn’t going to be a guaranteed starter, it may not be worth paying the fixed eight-figure fee needed to take him away from Turf Moor. The Clarets, meanwhile, have plenty of power at the negotiating table so they can bide their time and try to create a bidding war.


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