Burnley willing to pay £3m for exciting striker

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Premier League strugglers Burnley have made an ‘inquiry’ about Palmeiras striker Gabriel Silva and are willing to pay around £3 million for the highly-rated Brazilian, journalist Jorge Nicola says on his YouTube channel. 

Despite his undoubted talent, 20-year-old Silva has found game-time hard to come by under Abel Ferreira and the 2021 Copa Libertadores winners. 

He played just three Brazilian Serie A games last season, with a terrific record at youth level seemingly counting for little as far as Ferreira is concerned.

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Relegation-threatened Burnley, then, may be confident that Silva would be willing to at least consider their offer, as The Clarets renew their interest in a player who narrowly missed out on a January switch to Turf Moor. 

Burnley want Gabriel Silva from Palmeiras

“Gabriel Silva has not been taken advantage of by Abel Ferreira. Gabriel has ended up having very few opportunities. Sometimes, he doesn’t even make the bench!” Nicola explains. 

“And there is a club interested in signing the player, first on loan and then permanently. Burnley tried to sign him in January. And they have made a further inquiry. The idea is to sign him (on loan) for a season with an option to buy.” 

Nicola adds that Burnley failed to reach an agreement with Palmeiras over the size of the fee required for Silva during the winter window.  

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“The intention was to pay something around 18 million Brazilian real (about £3 million),” the reporter says. “But Palmeiras considered the price too low.” 

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An initial loan deal would allow Burnley to, as they say, ‘try before they buy’. Adapting to life in England is never easy, especially for a young player who doesn’t exactly have a wealth of experience under his belt after all.

If Silva struggles, Burnley would be free to wash their hands of him and move on. There’s a reason why the Clarets are looking are prioritising an ‘option-to-buy’ clause, rather than an ‘obligation’.

The Lancashire outfit are also in the market for a new head coach, following the shock sacking of Sean Dyche. Chris Wilder and Wayne Rooney have ruled out moves, however, though Carlos Carvalhal is reportedly open to another spell in English football. 

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