Burnley forward Darko Churlinov is poised to be loaned out this summer, with Sky Sports Germany claiming FC Schalke are keen on a reunion.
Burnley made a horde of new additions in the summer ahead of the 2022/23 season, with North Macedonian forward Churlinov among the exciting arrivals at Vincent Kompany revamped the playing squad at Turf Moor.
There has been wide success with the barrage of new signings, but Churlinov’s time on these shores has not gone as hoped so far. The 22-year-old forward’s injury struggles have prevented him from cementing a place in Kompany’s plans, being limited to just six league outings.
Now, rumours over a summer exit are already circulating.
Sky Sports Germany claims that FC Schalke – who had Churlinov on loan in the 2021/22 campaign – are keen on a reunion. After pushing for a summer move, it is said Burnley are now poised to loan Churlinov out ahead of next season.
Der FC Schalke 04 will Darko Churlinov wieder nach Gelsenkirchen lotsen. 🔥
Neben Schalke hatten auch zwei weitere Vereine Interesse an Churlinov. Der schnelle Außenspieler hat sich aber für einen Wechsel zum FC Schalke stark gemacht.#SkyTransfer #Churlinov pic.twitter.com/cpab312fTI
— Sky Sport (@SkySportDE) March 6, 2023
Burnley reportedly paid around €5m to sign Churlinov on a four-year deal.
Best for all?
After a tough time with Burnley to date, a return to familiar surroundings where he previously flourished could be best for Churlinov. Two goals and six assists in 23 games for Schalke made him a popular figure last season, operating across the front three.
Given the length of his Burnley contract and the fact he’s only 22 still, there is plenty of time for Churlinov to come good at Turf Moor. He’s not in Kompany’s plans at the moment though, and it would be a surprise if that changed when they make the inevitable jump to the Premier League.
A loan return to Germany could be best for all, so it remains to be seen if anything comes of the rumours.