Everton’s hefty demands for Jonjoe Kenny has seen Premier League rivals Burnley switch their attention to Swansea City’s Wales international Connor Roberts instead, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Four weeks after Steve Cooper’s Swans were stung by Thomas Frank’s Bees in the Championship play-off final, one of the most exciting full-backs in the Football League has finally returned to the gossip columns.
In fact, the only surprise was it took this long.
Roberts has just one year left on his contract at the Liberty Stadium and, after missing out on a return to the promised land, Swansea may have no choice but to cash in should Burnley turn their interest into something more concrete.
The Clarets are desperate to bring in a right-sided defender this summer and Roberts would tick a lot of boxes.
In fact, a man who scored Wales’ second goal in that dramatic 2-0 win over Turkey in the Euro 2020 group stages would give Burnley added thrust down the flank. An adventurous alternative to the reliable Matt Lowton.
Burnley turn attention to Swansea full-back Roberts
Burnley had initially shown an interest in Everton benchwarmer Jonjoe Kenny.
But with the former Celtic and Schalke loanee valued somewhere in the region of £10 million, Sean Dyche and co appear to have come to the conclusion Roberts represents better value for money.
What that means for Kenny is anyone’s guess.
The academy graduate fell out of favour at Goodison Park under Carlo Ancelotti and, while the Italian’s departure could open a window of opportunity, Everton’s interest in another Euro 2020 star, Denzel Dumfries, suggests a change of scenery is still required.
Arsenal were linked with Kenny last week, via the Daily Mail.
And if Burnley aren’t going to pay the £10 million Everton want, perhaps Arsenal will? After all, Mikel Arteta has £250 million to spend this summer and it’s not as though Kenny would break the bank.