Double whammy as deals for Walker-Peters and Cornet get complicated – including one inadvertently impacted by Liverpool

Maxwel Cornet and Kyle Walker-Peters Credit: PA Images

Everton face a double whammy after their plans to sign Maxwel Cornet and Kyle Walker-Peters don’t match every selling club’s ideas, according to reports.

Burnley winger Cornet and Southampton full-back Walker-Peters have both been linked with Everton in recent days. The former was the subject of talks that caused him to miss a pre-season game for his current employers.

Although there are other suitors for Cornet, Everton have been described by respected sources as the team most likely to sign him. A clause in his contract could lead to a return to the Premier League after his relegation with Burnley.

However, it looks like Everton have no plans to activate this clause just yet. According The sunthe method they used to bid on Cornet was a loan for a permanent transfer.

Everton wanted to loan the Frenchman out for the season, only buying him if he was granted Premier League status again by the end.

Burnley, however, rejected this formula. They want to receive a guaranteed fee of around £18million.

Vincent Kompany’s team remains open to a sale in order to be able to finance its own signings. In turn, Cornet could fulfill his wish to play in the Premier League again.

But if it is to be with Everton, the structure of their offer to the Clarets must change.

Everton have quoted a higher price than their rivals for Walker-Peters

Another transfer saga Everton could be frustrated in, say The sun in another report, is their pursuit of Walker-Peters.

As Alan Nixon reported, Southampton would now demand a £40m fee if they were to sell the right-back, despite previous claims, it may only cost half.

Everton are yet to meet Southampton’s new assessment of the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster.

In fact, they would be at a disadvantage if Tottenham ever wanted to take over Walker-Peters. A clause would allow Spurs to re-sign him for around £30m, which is less than other suitors like Everton will be quoted.

Southampton are holding on after missing out on their favorite potential replacement, Neco Williams. The Wales international joined Nottingham Forest from Liverpool instead.

In turn, Southampton are taking a tougher stance for Walker-Peters’ potential exit. This could be bad news for Everton.

Cornet’s impasse could be easier to resolve

If Everton are to reach a successful conclusion in either pursuit, one would have to imagine that Cornet looks more likely at this stage.

They may not be able to justify spending £40million on a full-back when their finances have come under scrutiny.

By contrast, £18m for Cornet – who scored nine Premier League goals last season – is still a bargain. After all, Everton cashed in with the big-money sale of Richarlison to Tottenham.

We understand why they would want to spread their investment in Cornet. However, they need a replacement for Richarlison and he could still be good value for money.

As for Walker-Peters, they should probably look for cheaper options elsewhere.

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