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Report: Leeds want Maxwel Cornet
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Report: Leeds want Maxwel Cornet

Leeds are interested in signing Lyon left-back Maxwel Cornet, but The Sun on Sunday (13/6; page 63) reports that the Whites are reluctant to meet his £20 million asking price.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are looking to strengthen their left-back options in this window. There remains doubt over what the future holds for Gjanni Alioski at Elland Road.

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Stuart Dallas is also a potential option. But he spent much of this past season in midfield.

According to The Sun on Sunday (13/6; page 63), the Whites are keen on Cornet. However, there is a potential issue.

The report notes that Lyon want a big fee for the 24-year-old. It is claimed that they are looking for £20 million.

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The report suggests that Leeds may hold off making a move in the hope that the asking price drops.

Cornet has only really been a left-back option in the last 18 months. But he has quickly established himself as a hugely impressive player in that role.

This past season, he scored four goals and provided six assists in all competitions. He did also feature on both wings further up the pitch.

Signing Cornet for less than £20m would potentially prove transfer masterstroke from Leeds

Cornet is a player that Bielsa is seemingly well aware of. The Ivory Coast international was linked with an Elland Road move last summer.

He is a player capable of playing in a number of roles across the pitch. He also boasts a record of better than a goal every six Ligue 1 games for Lyon.

Cornet does not turn 25 until September. So his best years should be ahead of him.

For some, Leeds reportedly not being willing to pay £20 million for him may be frustrating.

So if the Whites can secure his signature for less, it could prove to be an inspired piece of business.

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