The Burnley fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling excited about the future of their club after they secured their place in the Europa League to round off an excellent season.
Sean Dyche has masterminded a truly phenomenal season for the Clarets in which his side have defied all expectation to secure a 7th place finish and qualify for Europe for the first time in 51 years. With organisation, defensive solidity and an unbreakable team spirit at the heart of their success, Burnley have proven that it’s possible to succeed in the top-flight without spending extravagantly in the transfer market.
The fact Burnley have beaten Everton – a side who have spent almost £200 million on transfers this season – to the final Europa League spot serves to justify that notion, but that does not suggest the club should avoid investing in new talent this summer. According to reports from The Daily Mirror, Burnley are interested in adding a player of genuine Premier League quality to their squad this summer, namely Yaya Toure (valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt).
Toure is set to depart the Etihad this summer after 8 successful and deeply memorable seasons with the Citizens, but the fact the Ivorian has hinted at the possibility of playing against Manchester City in the Premier League suggests he is not done with English football just yet. Burnley will also face competition from Everton, Wolves and a host of European clubs for his signature according to the report.
Although there is no doubt that Toure is a quality player with plenty to offer at this level, even at the age of 34, Burnley would be wise to end their pursuit and focus their interest elsewhere. At his age, Toure would represent something of a luxury player and, now that he has lost his ability to embark on barnstorming runs through the centre of the pitch, it’s unlikely he would become a resounding success at Turf Moor.
Burnley also need to take his extortionate wage demands into account and consider whether there is value for money in a deal for Toure. The thought of bringing a player who has reached the dizzy heights Toure has climbed to in his career is understandably a tempting prospect for Burnley’s hierarchy to deliberate over, but it’s important the club don’t lose sight of what’s important and continue to be pragmatic in the transfer market this summer.
Sean Dyche has enabled his side to grow into a team of eleven players where the importance of the individual carries less weight than perhaps it does in most top-flight clubs. Signing Toure would threaten to disrupt the group mentality and tarnish the progress the club have made in recent years, so Burnley would be wise to place their interest in younger and cheaper transfer targets.
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