The Stoke Sentinel had linked the English clubs with the 18-year-old, but he is close to penning a deal with French league leaders Lyon.
Despite not featuring for FC Metz in Ligue 1 this season, Cornet is very well regarded and has impressed as part of France’s Under-19 squad, and was thought to be one of the next players to come through the blossoming academy at the Lorraine club.
Cornet played 14 games – only 326 minutes – as Metz won promotion from Ligue 2 last season, and with only six months left on his current contract, Lyon are expected to pounce and sign the youngster for only €400,000.
Hubert Fournier ne confirme pas (encore) l'arrivée de Maxwel Cornet... qui est en train de passer sa visite médicale. #OL— Yves Leroy (@Yves_Leroy) January 15, 2015
There are suggestions that his father and advisor have had something to do with his decision to leave Metz. Their demands for a bumper contract extension put Metz off extending his deal, something that was no issue for Les Gones.
L’Equipe suggested that Juventus were also interested in signing the Ivorian-born striker, but Lyon appear to have managed to get him to agree on a four-year contract.
Clubs would definitely have been attracted to the player through his international record. He has been part of the youth set-up from under-16 to under-19 and in 39 games he has scored 21 goals. That included seven goals in 11 games for the current Under-19 side.
It remains to be seen how much of an impact, or how long it could take Cornet to make his mark at Les Gones, but for just €400,000, it would be very low risk, with the chance of great reward for Lyon and France.