West Ham might have to pay up to £25 million to sign Burnley ace Maxwel Cornet this summer – a whopping £7.5 million more than his release clause, if we are to beat Newcastle and Everton to his signature.
That’s according to the Daily Mail who claim that Cornet’s £17.5 million release clause will only be triggered if the Hammers pay the entire amount up front in one lump sum. And the same goes for Everton and Newcastle.
In order for West Ham to sign the 25-year-old without doing that, we will allegedly need to offer Burnley a fee closer to £25 million.
Cornet’s £17.5 million release clause was triggered when Burnley were relegated down from the Premier League to the Championship last season.
The Ivorian ace was one of the few bright sparks for the Clarets last term, and as a result, he will unquestionably leave Turf Moor now.
West Ham are undoubtedly a potential destination for Cornet but there’s a potential problem for the East London outfit…
West Ham may have to pay more for Cornet
If the Hammers owners want to sign the 25-year-old by paying in instalments this summer, they will need to pay as much as £25 million in total.
Cornet’s release clause currently stands at only £17.5 million so it wouldn’t make much sense for West Ham to pay in instalments and end up laying out £7.5 million more in the long-run. We all know how much David Sullivan loves a bid that involves instalments though don’t we!
Whatever happens, David Moyes just needs to bring the Burnley star to the London Stadium.
Cornet joined Burnley from Lyon in the summer of 2021 for around £13 million (BBC).
He has been a huge hit at Turf Moor, bagging nine goals and two assists in 29 games for the Clarets (Transfermarkt).
We believe that the Burnley speed demon would be a sensational signing for West Ham.
He’s one of the quickest forwards in the Premier League and can operate on either wing or at left-back.
Cornet can even play as a striker if need be!
The 29-capped Ivory Coast international is aggressive, direct and loves running at opposing defenders.
West Ham have struggled without any real pace in our team over the past year or so. Michail Antonio has definitely lost half a yard.
The Premier League is built on power and pace nowadays. The Burnley star has been described as an ‘explosive player’ by ESPN pundit Ale Moreno.
And if West Ham manage to sign Maxwel Cornet this summer, we could have a frightening attacking lineup next season.