Leeds line up Maxwel Cornet transfer swoop but Lyon holding out for £20million for speedy defender

LEEDS are keen on Lyon left-back Maxwel Cornet – but not at the asking price of £20million.

Speedy Ivory Coast star Cornet, 24, has turned into a major player for his Ligue 1 side in his new role after first bursting on to the scene as an attacker.

His pace and skill is attractive to boss Marcelo Bielsa, who could be looking to fill the defensive role this summer as he fine-tunes his side.

However, Lyon are looking for a big fee for Cornet and Leeds may decide to wait for the valuation to drop before making an offer.

Leeds are preparing for a squad shake-up having placed SEVEN players on their end-of-season released list – including club legend Gaetano Berardi.

Along with Berardi, senior professionals Barry Douglas, Ouasim Bouy and Eunan O'Kane have all been handed free transfers.

And so have youngsters Niklas Haugland, Cole Gibbon and Matthew Turner.

All seven players can still be retained by Leeds yet if the club decides to offer them a new deal.

Berardi, 32, has enjoyed a stellar seven years at Elland Road after joining the club from Italian giants Sampdoria.

The right back made more than 150 appearances for the club in all competitions but has barely featured this term following a serious knee injury.

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Douglas, 31, is set to leave Leeds after a three-year spell.

The ex-Wolves left back had fallen out of favour at the West Yorkshire club in recent years and spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Bouy, 27, is another player heading out of Elland Road.

The former Juventus defender made ZERO appearances during his three-year stint – spending time on loan at Cultural Leonesa in Spain and PEC Zwolle in Holland.

O'Kane, 30, is the final senior player set to leave Leeds.

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