Pandemic won’t affect “true value” of Burnley’s key assets, insists boss Sean Dyche

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Europe’s big-hitters have already flexed their financial muscles in the transfer market, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

And Sean Dyche sees no reason why his prize assets would be allowed to leave for knockdown fees this summer.

Chelsea have already moved to land RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in a deal which, over the course of his five-year contract, will cost a reported £102.5m.

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In February, the Blues also committed to paying Ajax €40 million plus add ons for former Burnley target Hakim Ziyech.

Meanwhile, PSG have also made the loan move of Mauro Icardi a permanent €50 million switch, plus €8 million in add ons, from Inter Milan.

There has been much debate as to how the current situation will affect the market, with Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski linked with big money moves away.

But Dyche said: "The club's in an incredibly strong position financially, that hasn't changed because of Covid, so I don't think that will affect that.

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"If anyone does want to knock on our door and ask for our players, I don't think it will affect the price radically, I still think we know the true worth of our players.”

Asked whether the market may become more conservative, Dyche added: "It would be difficult for us as a club to be more conservative!

“It you're talking about the greater view of football, we'll see.

"We've already seen a couple of moves that look like they're going to happen for massive amounts of money, the £50m mark, and that still seems like a hell of a lot of money in my world at Burnley.

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"I think it depends on the ownership of clubs, how they view the financial running of the club, so I don't know.

"Some will see it as an opportunity, clubs who are very wealthy, they may see players who they thought they were going to have to pay whatever for come down, but the whole market might get questioned, and therefore come down.

"I think it will be each to their own, and see how the market comes back to life.”