According to Belgian publication DH, Vincent Kompany’s Burnley is on the verge of signing summer three and four, with Standard Liege duo Jackson Muleka and Samuel Bastian on their way to Turf Moor.
So far, Burnley’s shifting activity feels like the trap of two different eras. Scott Twin and Luke McNally — exciting, young, homely talent emerged from the lower leagues, Sean Dyche-style — and a pair of Jupiter League stars who caught Kompany’s eye during their time at the Anderlecht hotseat.
Reports on Wednesday claimed a Clarets side had failed in the transition, with an opening bid of £2.5million for the 22-year-old Muleka. But, after increasing their bonus offer to over £3.5 million, Burnley have now struck a deal with Standard Lease.
Muleka, who scored 15 goals at Kassympasa last stint and provided seven assists on loan, will sign a four-year deal at Turf Moor. The first part of his therapy is planned to take place in Belgium sometime today and, if all goes according to plan, the DR Congo International should be unveiled in Claret-and-Blue early next week.
Burnley to field Jackson Muleka and Samuel Bastien
Muleka, a fast, highly technical centre-forward who can score and make it into the final third, provides an entirely different kind of presence in the final third. An adversary to the physicality of Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and the outgoing Vout Weghorst.
According to DH, fellow Congolese international Bastian is sure to join Muleka in Lancashire. Although a deal for ex-Chivo Verona is not considered advanced enough.
Bastian, like Muleka, had reportedly packed his belongings on Thursday. And, with only one year left on his contract, the midfielder can only move for £700,000.
Muleka and Bastian will take up Burnley’s summer expenses to around £10 million. What’s more, the former’s arrival should coincide with Weghorst’s departure after six disappointing months in England.
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