Leeds United reportedly remain interested in securing a deal for Maxwel Cornet from Lyon despite his links with Hertha Berlin.
According to Tutto Mercato Web, Leeds United have not yet given up on their pursuit of Maxwel Cornet just yet. It is believed that Marcelo Bielsa is desperate to reinforce his options in the wide attacking position, with the 24-year-old Lyon utility man emerging as an ideal option.
Reports have claimed that Cornet is on the verge of joining Hertha Berlin. But Leeds remain interested in his services, hoping to hijack a deal for the French international, whose current contract at Lyon runs until 2025.
There is no secret that the Ligue 1 clubs are under pressure to offload several star players amid a financial crisis. Lyon themselves have already cashed in on Joachim Andersen, with Memphis Depay departing as a free agent while Houssem Aouar is once again courted by Arsenal.
Les Gones are bracing themselves for the departure of another star player in Cornet. The 24-year-old Ivorian utility man has had a fine career in Lyon, notching up over 250 competitive appearances since joining the Ligue 1 club in 2015.
Initially starting out as an explosive winger, the 24-year-old has transformed into more of a utility player out wide. He was notably utilised as a left wing-back by Rudi Garcia last season, while he can also operate on both wings. His versatility is one of the key reasons why Leeds United are keen on his services this summer.
Having lost Ezgjan Alioski after Euro 2020, the Whites lack a proper utility option out wide. Leeds are reportedly interested in the services of Adama Traore but face stiff competition from Liverpool.
Leeds’ pursuit of Noa Lang has also stalled, thus forcing Bielsa to set his sights on Cornet once again. The 24-year-old’s aggression and pace make him an ideal outlet in the Argentine’s tactical philosophy. He brings a vast amount of experience to the table as well, having featured in almost 200 Ligue 1 matches.
Unfortunately, it appears unlikely that Leeds will be able to prevent the Lyon utility man from joining Hertha Berlin. On a bright note, though, his potential move to Berlin may open the door for the capital club to finally cash in on Matheus Cunha, one of Leeds United’s top targets this summer.