Burnley Face Stiff Championship Battle For £340K-Rated International

Recently-relegated Championship side Burnley are hoping to bolster their defensive department this summer and have identified a Copa America star as a possible target, according to the latest reports.

The Clarets earned promotion to the Premier League over twelve months ago in emphatic fashion, accumulating 101 points in the process which is the joint-fifth-highest points tally in the competition’s history. Furthermore, Vincent Kompany’s side played some incredibly free-flowing, attacking football while scoring 87 goals in the meantime.

However, what was more impressive was the side’s defensive record. Burnley conceded merely 35 goals in 46 matches. The only Championship-winning team that shipped fewer goals than Kompany’s men en route to the top-flight were Queens Park Rangers during the 2010/11 campaign.

Yet, when Burnley returned to the top-flight to face some of the biggest and best teams in world football, the side conceded 78 goals in 38 matches – more than two goals per game – and were swiftly relegated back down to England’s second tier.

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Although the board have yet to appoint a new manager to replace Kompany in the dugout at Turf Moor, they have decided that one key area to strengthen this summer is the heart of the defence. According to Football Insider, Burnley have registered interest in Independiente centre-half Edgardo Farina, who is currently playing at the Copa America with the Panama national team.

Nevertheless, the outlet have added that the Lancashire outfit face stiff competition from fellow Championship clubs Cardiff City and Watford for the central defender, who currently boasts a market value of between £170,000-340,000, as per FootballTransfers, while Dutch giants Feyenoord are also keeping tabs on his situation.

Writer’s View

The 22-year-old Panamanian has been exceptional so far in the Copa America as his country have managed to progress to the next round of the tournament, finishing above the United States and Bolivia. Their only defeat so far has come at the hands of Uruguay, who are under the guidance of former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Farina has looked excellent in Panama’s back three and has proved his worth against top players such as Monaco’s Folarin Balogun and Liverpool centre-forward Darwin Nunez which has certainly piqued the interest of Burnley as they look to strengthen their defensive department.

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