Burnley in advanced talks to sign Manchester City star

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Burnley are in advanced talks to sign Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis, according to Football Insider.

New Burnley boss and Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has made the England Under-21 international a priority signing for Burnley this summer.

Kompany is tasked with bringing Burnley back to the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship last season.

Kompany managed the 20 year old Harwood-Bellis at Anderlecht last season and is now set to reunite with the Manchester City defender at Burnley ahead of next season.

A number of clubs were interested in signing the 20 year old Manchester City defender but he is happy and keen to link up with Kompany once again.

Scottish champions Celtic showed interest in signing Harwood-Bellis with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou a huge fan of the 20 year old defender.

Burnley are in need of centre-backs ahead of the new season after seeing James Tarkowski and Ben Mee leave Turf Moor earlier this summer.

Harwood-Bellis has made seven appearances for Man City since his debut for the Premier League champions in September 2019.

He spent the first-half of last season on loan at Belgium side Anderlecht, making 19 appearances.

He returned to Manchester City in January before joining Stoke City on loan in the Championship for the second-half of the season.

Capped by England at five different youth levels, Harwood-Bellis also spent time at Burnley’s bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers during the 2020-21 campaign, playing 19 league games.

Meanwhile, Everton have shown interest in Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Zinchenko’s preferred role is midfield but he has been used as a left-back at Manchester City by Pep Guardiola.

Everton boss Frank Lampard has promised to use the Ukraine international in his preferred role in creative midfield.

Despite never making more than 20 appearances in a campaign, Zinchenko has won four Premier League titles with Man City since signing in 2016.

The 25-year-old is also an established international player, racking up 52 caps for Ukraine since making his debut as a teenager. 

In 2016 he became the youngest international goalscorer for his country, breaking Andriy Shevchenko’s record.

A move away from the Etihad could see Zinchenko back in his preferred position, and he would likely be given much more game time by the Toffees.