Burnley have £1.5m bid for FC Antwerp winger Manuel Benson rejected

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Burnley have £1.5m bid for FC Antwerp winger Manuel Benson rejected as they look to replace Nottingham Forest linked Maxwel Cornet

  • Burnley had a £1.5m bid rejected for Antwerp winger Manuel Benson on Monday
  • The 25-year-old has been earmarked as a replacement for Maxwel Cornet, 25
  • Benson is valued at around £3m by Antwerp as he has one year left on contract
  • Benson’s agent says the 25-year-old has ‘similar characteristics’ to Gareth Bale

Burnley had a £1.5million bid rejected for FC Antwerp winger Manuel Benson on Monday evening.

The 25-year-old has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Maxwel Cornet who is the subject of offers from Nottingham Forest, while Fulham and Everton have also bid.

Benson is valued at around £3m by Antwerp as he has one year left on contract with an option for another year.

Burnley had a £1.5million bid rejected for FC Antwerp winger Manuel Benson on Monday

Benson became Antwerp’s record signing when he joined the club from KRC Genk in 2019 for around £3m. 

The 25-year-old’s agent has credited him with being ‘quick, fast, with a knack of finding the net’. He also drew similarities between Benson and Gareth Bale.  

‘He [Benson] is a very technical attacking player,’ Patrick de Koster told FC Inter news

‘It is not easy to find players with similar characteristics. (Benson is like) Gareth Bale – quick, fast, with a knack of finding the net. Manuel has a way of playing that resembles that of the Real Madrid player.’  

Benson (left) is valued at around £3m by Antwerp as he has one year left on contract

Benson (left) is valued at around £3m by Antwerp as he has one year left on contract

Nottingham Forest have rejoined Fulham and Everton in pursuing Burnley's Maxwel Cornet

Nottingham Forest have rejoined Fulham and Everton in pursuing Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet 

Burnley are eager to secure the services of Benson during the summer transfer window and they believe Cornet could leave Turf Moor.  

The Ivory Coast international has a £17.5million release clause but Everton and Fulham have been proposing loans or £5m up front with £20m next summer. 

Despite Burnley’s relegation from the top-flight, Cornet impressed at the club, scoring nine goals across the season. 

As a result, he has a host of clubs vying over his signature and could be set for an early exit this summer.  

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