Leeds have made a €12m (£10.3m) offer for Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet, but it doesn’t meet the demands of the Ligue 1 outfit, according to Olympique et Lyonnais.
The 24-year-old has made 251 appearances for his club, scoring 51 goals and providing 29 assists. Last season, he was directly involved in 10 goals (four goals, six assists) in 39 appearances across all competitions.
The Ivorian was predominantly used as a left-back but also operated in more advanced positions on that flank. That could make him an ideal replacement at Leeds for Ezgjan Alioski, who has reached the end of his contract.
After Cornet scored twice in a 2-2 Champions League draw against Manchester City in 2018, Pep Guardiola admitted to being ‘very impressed’ by him. Indeed, he has scored four goals against City in the competition, most recently opening the scoring in last August’s quarter-final upset.
The report from Olympique et Lyonnais said that Leeds are ‘following Maxwel Cornet with interest’ and that they made a formal bid a ‘few weeks ago’.
However, it didn’t ‘correspond to the expectations’ of Lyon, who have the left-back under contract for another two years. The French club are now waiting to see if Marcelo Bielsa’s side will return with an improved offer.
Young and versatile, with a reputation for scoring on the big occasion, Cornet would seem to be an exciting addition at Elland Road if he makes the move.
Leeds missed out to Southampton in the race to sign Romain Perraud recently, but Cornet can offer a similar attacking threat from the full-back position.
With French football in the midst of a financial crisis, perhaps Lyon’s demands will ultimately be quite reasonable, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Leeds return to the negotiating table.
In other news, Kevin Phillips has dropped his verdict on this Leeds target.
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