September 25, 2022

After five newcomers, six players left at the end of the contract and the sale of Nick Pope, the transformation of Burnley on the transfer market continues at its own pace.

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

There is still work to be done in the market ahead of the new season with Burnley in many conversations regarding starters and players who are also expected to leave.

Closest to an exit is striker Wout Weghorst, who is in Turkey to undergo a medical before a move to Besiktas after arriving to much fanfare last night.

Athleticism understands that Burnley and Besiktas are negotiating a deal for the 29-year-old on a possible season-long loan deal.

The sticking point 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 was reportedly offered by Besiktas and is said to be around €10m (£8.6m).

Burnley aren’t necessarily keen on including one as they haven’t closed the door on the striker being part of their longer-term plans, but it hasn’t been ruled out. There is a feeling they would be happy for him to return after a year’s absence to reassess the situation – particularly if Burnley were granted a quick return to the Premier League.

After Burnley’s relegation, Weghorst was still expected to leave this summer. He is determined to be named in the Dutch national team 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 to leave to play. at a higher level.

His comments on the 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 played out as well as expected.

Inside the club, it was thought the striker, signed for £12.5m from Wolfsburg, would be an upgrade on outgoing Chris Wood. He started well but faded, with his style and Burnley’s difficulty in blending. He began to put on a frustrated figure, disappointed at not meeting his own 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 going had he scored.

One striker was expected to be eliminated and another with an agreement for Standard Liege’s Jackson Muleka to progress well last week and the player to undergo the first part of his medical in Liege ahead of a move.


Muleka’s move from Standard Liege reportedly fell through (Photo: Jimmy Bolcina/Photonews via Getty Images)

However, the volatility of the transfer window has appeared and Athleticism understands that the move failed over the weekend. It’s unclear exactly why, but the second part of Muleka’s scheduled medical visit to England this week has reportedly been cancelled.

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

This is undoubtedly a blow considering that Kompany wants to add additional attacking options. His only striking options expected to be at the club for the start of the season are Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez, who are both 32.

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

The striker impressed last season, scoring nine league goals, but injuries and AFCON meant Cornet struggled to find the same consistent form in the break-in.

He has been linked with numerous Premier League teams and it is understood Burnley have had conversations with clubs. Athleticism understands that he is being followed by Chelsea but can only become a target if he misses other players.

Chelsea have submitted a bid for Leeds midfielder Raphinha but fear they will miss out on Barcelona, ​​who the player prefers. It’s also possible that another target, Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, will accept a new contract at Camp Nou.

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

Cornet did not play for Ivory Coast in post-season international matches, but joined the team to assist in training; a minor injury meant he was not risked in games.

With Cornet back among his teammates 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 has been completed with the 25-year-old signing a three-year deal.

The area needed strengthening with the departure of Dale Stephens at the end of his contract and Ashley Westwood recovering from a broken ankle suffered towards the end of last season against West Ham.

Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill were the only two fit and recognized senior central midfielders in the squad, but that group was bolstered by the arrival of Bastien.

He had been linked with several Premier League clubs in the past and was in the final year of his contract, which helped in negotiations. Bastien was a regular in the Belgium squad last year and brings quality, confidence in possession and experience as he enters his prime years.

This may not be the only addition to this position before the end of the window. Kompany is an admirer of Josh Cullen and Burnley have expressed interest in Rotherham’s Ben Wiles.

Additional reporting: Simon Johnson and Adam Leventhal