The lowdown: Breakout season
Signed from Lyon for £12.9million (Sky Sports), Cornet enjoyed an impressive first campaign in the Premier League on a personal level.
The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international was unable to prevent the Clarets from suffering relegation but was a shining light in Lancashire, particularly when scoring and supplying an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Toffees in April.
Following the exit of Richarlison to Tottenham, Everton have been extensively linked with a move to sign Cornet for a £17.5million release clause and one well-informed onlooker has provided an update on the current state of play…
The latest: ‘Been told…’
He said: “Cornet is easier to quantify and to know what level you’re going to get out of him and what his output will be, so I think that Cornet will be one they push on with because Gibbs-White, they went in at £20m and they’ve been told it will be £10m more than that, it’s quite a big jump.”
The verdict: Richarlison replacement?
The Toffees have been linked to numerous attacking options in recent weeks including Watford frontman Emmanuel Dennis, Chelsea starlet Armando Broja and of course, Wolves sensation Morgan Gibbs-White, albeit the latter would represent more of a midfield reinforcement.
But, last season Cornet scored nine times and provided one assist in 26 Premier League appearances, including a stunning volley against Crystal Palace that was hailed as ‘explosive’ by the official Burnley Twitter account.
Sharing similar stylistic qualities with the likes of Kasper Dolberg, Callum Wilson and Broja (Fbref), were the man described as ‘electric’ by Burnley writer Andy Jones to hit the ground running at Goodison Park then there is no doubt that the Ivorian could be an unbridled success on Merseyside.
Equally adept as a left-winger and at centre-forward – two positions occupied by Richarlison for the most part – holding a market value of £13.5million (Transfermarkt), the widely mooted release clause represents exceptional value for money and as such those involved in recruitment at Everton should be pushing hard to make this deal happen.
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