Maxwel Cornet: Burnley have £15m offer accepted for Lyon player

Final decision on move now up to the player himself; Sean Dyche looking for options on left flank and Cornet has emerged as a primary target after a series of impressive seasons in Ligue 1; fee would equal Burnley's club record

Lyon's Maxwel Cornet (AP)
Image: Burnley have made an offer for Lyon's Maxwel Cornet

Lyon have accepted Burnley's £15m offer for Ivory Coast left-back Maxwel Cornet.

The 24-year-old will now make the final decision on whether he joins Sean Dyche's side.

Burnley's offer represents a potential club record-equalling transfer, £15m also being the price they paid Middlesbrough for centre-back Ben Gibson in 2018.

The Cornet fee would be paid across five instalments, Sky Sports News understands.

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Cornet has been a mainstay of Lyon's sides for the last six seasons, having been a regular first-team player since joining the club as a teenager from Metz in 2015.

Playing in a mixture of roles down the left, Cornet has scored 51 goals in all competitions for Lyon.

The 24-year-old, who has been capped 21 times by his country, only missed two games last season as Lyon finished fourth in the French top division to secure a Europa League place.

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But his place in the team has come under threat since Lyon signed Euro 2020 winner Emerson Palmieri on loan from Chelsea last week.

Emerson made his debut in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Clermont, a game Cornet was suspended for after being sent off in the preceding 3-0 defeat at Angers.

After that red card, Cornet had to reach out on Instagram to deny reports of a bust-up with team-mate Marcelo, who has since been banished to Lyon's reserves and was not involved in the squad against Clermont.

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