Burnley could sell Dwight McNeil for a knockdown price in this summer’s transfer window, according to Lancashire journalist Jonny Bentley.
The 20-year-old winger has reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United (The Sun), Everton and Crystal Palace (Lancashire Live) and, with the Clarets seemingly set for a fiscally sensible transfer window, Bentley feels that they could be forced to sell him for less than they would ideally like.
Speaking about McNeil to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “With the recession we are in, Burnley have been quite vocal about having less money to spend and there is the potential for him to leave for quite a disrespectful sum of money.”
He has the second highest average match rating among the Clarets’ squad according to WhoScored, as well as their joint-highest key passes per game average (1.4) and their highest successful dribbles per game average (2.2).
Dyche recently told Lancashire Live that he expects McNeil to leave in the foreseeable future, describing the departure of the club’s prized assets as “the reality of Burnley”. Also, the lack of matchday income because of behind-closed-doors games is likely to leave Premier League clubs tightening their belts in the summer and potentially being forced to accept discounted transfer fees for their most valued players.
While McNeil’s goal return may be low for a winger who has started all of Burnley’s 35 Premier League games this season and been ever-present in the last 17 of those, his importance to the team’s attacking play is reflected in his assists tally of six, their joint-highest in the league along with Ashley Westwood.
Burnley have been down this road before with the likes of Danny Ings and Andre Gray, whom they sold for £8m and £18.5m respectively. However, if the current financial climate leaves them with little choice but to sell McNeil if offers are made for him, there could be a strong chance that the 20-year-old is unfortunately sold on the cheap.
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