A player linked with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton could be sold by his club, but only for a sum akin to a “war chest”, as reported by The Mirror.
The Toffees were reported to be in the market for Burnley winger Dwight McNeil in the January transfer window.
McNeil has been impressive for the Clarets over the past 18 months, making his breakthrough last season and establishing himself as a key member of Sean Dyche’s team this term.
The 20-year-old has made 58 competitive appearances to date for Burnley, scoring five goals and registering 10 assists.
Burnley sold Michael Keane to Everton for £25million three years ago and Dyche admits the Clarets will one day cash in on McNeil – but only for the right price.
“There’s a reality when players come in, particularly when we’ve developed them as lower-league players for less money or the likes of Dwight McNeil,” said the Clarets boss.
“But I can assure you it will only happen if the numbers are correct.
“The numbers now in our world are high and we’re in a position to say no, we don’t need to sell anyone.
“So if anyone wants to come for any of our players, they had better have a war chest.”
An old-school winger with a superb left foot capable of powerful shots and pinpoint crosses, as well as a great engine, it’s little surprise that McNeil – described as “fantastic” and a “real talent” by Dyche (Lancashire Telegraph) – is being linked with other clubs.
With Everton having appointed Carlo Ancelotti, they mean business, and a player of McNeil’s calibre would surely be a great statement of intent as well as a talented and hard-working ace who would boost the team.
However, Dyche is playing hardball, and rightly so, given he’s a huge asset for Burnley – so the £30million price quoted in TEAMtalk back in November may be way off the mark in terms of swaying the Clarets this summer.