James Tarkwoski Release Clause Set At £50M
Burnley Football Club will demand £50million for defender James Tarkowski during the summer transfer window. The England International centre-back was courted by Leicester City last summer and is set to be in demand again after a solid season for the Clarets, who finished tenth in the Premier League following a successful period post-lockdown.
Yet it is thought Burnley currently have no intention of negotiating the release clause in Tarkowski’s contract, given the difficulty of buying a replacement of the same level if he is sold. Leicester City showed strong interested in Tarkowski 12 months ago but could not agree a deal and eventually gave Caglar Soyuncu an extended run in central defence, which paid off as he and Jonny Evans were one of the Premier League’s best partnerships.
But the Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen in central defence, besides Evans and Soyuncu, Leicester City have title-winning captain Wes Morgan & Filip Benkovic, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bristol City.
Tarkowski joined Burnley from Brentford for £3.6m in 2016 and quickly established himself as a key figure at Turf Moor. He has won two caps for England and made Gareth Southgate’s standby list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Burnley boss Sean Dyche said, “He is at a brilliant age and he is continuing to mature, he is continuing to grow into his role as an all-round leader and he is physically superb.’