Burnley transfer news: Weghorst clause, Cornet interest from Chelsea, Bastien deal


After five new arrivals, the departure of six players at the end of their contracts and the sale of Nick Pope, Burnley’s transformation in the transfer market continues apace.

The Vincent Kompany era is taking shape as he works hard with his players on the training pitch, implementing his style and methods.

There is still work to be done in the market ahead of the new season with Burnley in numerous talks over tickets and players also expected to leave.


Closest to a way out is striker Wout Weghorst, who is in Turkey undergoing a medical before moving to Besiktas after arriving with much fanfare last night.

the athletic understands that Burnley and Besiktas are negotiating a deal for the 29-year-old over a potential season-long loan deal.

The point of contention is believed to be whether an option to buy clause will be included in the deal, although the transfer is still expected to be completed. The clause is understood to have been proposed by Besiktas and is believed to be around €10m (£8.6m).

Burnley aren’t necessarily interested in including one as they haven’t closed the door on the striker being part of their long-term plans, but he hasn’t been ruled out. There is a feeling that they would be happy for him to return after a year away to reassess the situation, particularly if Burnley secure a quick return to the Premier League.

After Burnley’s relegation, Weghorst was always expected to leave this summer. He is determined to be named in the Dutch squad for the World Cup and when he arrived in January, the player and the club verbally agreed that if things did not work out and survival was not assured, he would be allowed out to play. on a higher level.

His comments on this deal angered Burnley supporters last month when he spoke openly to reporters while on international duty and it’s fair to say Weghorst’s time at Turf Moor hasn’t gone as well as hoped.

Inside the club, the striker, signed for £12.5m from Wolfsburg, was thought to be an upgrade over outgoing Chris Wood. He started well but fizzled out, with his and Burnley’s style struggling to blend. He began to get frustrated, disappointed that he wasn’t meeting his high expectations, though his work rate could never be questioned.

The Dutchman scored just twice in 20 Premier League appearances and lost his place in the starting XI at the end of the season to Ashley Barnes. He also missed two crucial chances in the last two games against Aston Villa and Newcastle, which theoretically could have kept Burnley ahead had he scored.

The expectation was that one attacker was out and another was in with a deal for Standard Liege’s Jackson Muleka who progressed well last week and the player underwent the first part of his medical in Liege ahead of a move.

Muleka’s move from Standard Liege is understood to have been broken (Photo: Jimmy Bolcina/Photonews via Getty Images)

However, the volatility of the transfer window reared its head and the athletic understands that the move fell through over the weekend. Exactly why is unclear, but it is understood that the second part of Muleka’s medical examination scheduled for this week in England has been cancelled.

The striker is now reportedly expected to return to Turkey, where he excelled in the second half of last season in Kasimpasa, scoring 12 goals in 14 games.

It’s certainly a hit given that Kompany wants to add additional attack options. His only surprising options expected to be at the club for the start of the season are Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez, both 32.

The club expect Maxwel Cornet to leave with his £17.5m relegation release clause active.

The attacker impressed last season, scoring nine league goals, but injuries and AFCON meant Cornet struggled to find the same consistent form during the run-up.

He has been linked with numerous Premier League teams and Burnley are understood to have had talks with clubs. the athletic he understands that Chelsea are tracking him, but he can only become a target if he misses other players.

Chelsea have put in a bid for Leeds midfielder Raphinha but fear missing out on Barcelona, ​​who the player prefers. There is also the possibility that another target, Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, agrees to a new contract at Camp Nou.

Burnley have not ruled out keeping Cornet as the 25-year-old returned to training on Monday after an extended break.

Cornet did not feature for Côte d’Ivoire in post-season internationals, but did join the team to participate in training; a minor injury kept him from taking any chances in games.

With Cornet back among his team-mates and seeing what Burnley are trying to build, the hope is that Kompany can convince him to stay.

The signing of Standard Liege central midfielder Samuel Bastien was completed with the 25-year-old signing for three years.

The area needed to be strengthened with Dale Stephens leaving at the end of his contract and Ashley Westwood recovering from the broken ankle suffered late last season against West Ham.

Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill were the only two fit and recognized veteran central midfielders on the team, but that group has been boosted by the arrival of Bastien.

He had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in the past and was in the final year of his contract, which helped during negotiations. Bastien was a regular for the Belgian team last year and brings quality, confidence in possession and experience as he enters his best years.

It may not be the only addition at that position before the end of the window. Kompany is a fan of Josh Cullen and Burnley have expressed an interest in Rotherham’s Ben Wiles.

Additional information: Simon Johnson and Adam Leventhal