Burnley are currently preparing to make their second signing of the summer window.
Burnley has already made one signing in the January transfer window, loaning David Datro Fofana from Chelsea, but as the year nears its end, the Clarets appear to be far from done.
Vincent Kompany, who is doing everything he can to keep his team in the Premier League, is interested in signing Ajax winger Carlos Forbs on an initial loan basis. Nottingham Forest are also interested, and the decision may come down to whoever club gives more first-team minutes.
Meanwhile, Kompany is looking to reinforce the other end of the field by signing Montpellier defender Maxime Esteve. It was revealed this week that the Clarets are negotiating a deal for one of their “main options,” with Montpellier under pressure to sell as the player enters the final 18 months of his contract.
Manager Michel Der Zakarian stated ahead of his team’s game against Lille this weekend that Esteve would play and that any departure would not take place until early next week.
Burnley are close to signing Esteve.
According to the latest update from French newspaper L’Equipe, Burnley are on the close of signing Esteve. The cost will be €12 million, which equates to just over £10 million.
Esteve is drawing interest from a number of teams, but Burnley has pressed ahead and is close to reaching an agreement with the centre-back.
“Dominant” Esteve might be a good long-term addition.
Now that Burnley appears to be on the verge of signing Esteve, it’s worth considering the type of player Kompany could be receiving. Talent scout Jacek Kulig has hailed him as a “dominant” force in the back, and his statistics this season back up that opinion.