Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has admitted that Odsonne Edouard is worth between £30m-£35m.
Question marks have been raised all summer as to what will be an acceptable fee for the Frenchman. As expected, that’s seen the Hoops support want top dollar whilst desperate rival fans claim he isn’t worth anything near it.
In terms of a reported valuation, the Daily Mail stated last month that Celtic want at least £40m for the Frenchman. So far, there have been no reported offers come in as we enter the final few days of the transfer window.
However Ferguson, an unlikely source to say the least, has admitted that he’s worth a premium price.
Speaking on Go Radio’s Football Show (29/09), Ferguson said: “They would have to look at that. I think he’s worth that all day.
“He’s a £30m-£35m for me. It has to be around that mark. He’s key for Celtic. If you get him at the top of his game, he’s a top, top player.
“Every player has their price though and when you start banding those figures about of up to £35m then Celtic would have to look at that but I’m sure they are desperate to keep him. Edouard is key, I know he’s not had a great start to the season but once he’s up and running he’s top notch.”
Edouard can’t be judged on current form
Edouard has struggled at the start of the season so far, but it’s absoutely vital that he isn’t judged on the last few games alone. When coming up with a valuation, you can’t just look at the last few games and think “he’s never worth that”.
He’s effectively worth whatever Celtic deem him to be worth. He’s our product and only Celtic know how much he costs the club overall. Therefore, as Ferguson says, around the £30m mark seems spot on.
Make no mistake, nobody should be buying Edouard for anything less than the £25m record fee we sold Kieran Tierney to Arsenal for last summer (BBC). Edouard has an absolutely ridiculous 97 direct goal contributions in 134 appearances for Celtic (Transfermarkt). That’s absolutely incredible, and doesn’t get talked about enough.
Yet what it also is should be is what his value is based on. Edouard has derby-winning goals, title-winning goals, and Europa League strikes to his name at Parkhead. Yes, he’s never had that breakthrough Champions League campaign, but that’s hardly been his fault.
If nobody stumps up the cash this summer (£30m-plus), then nobody should be prizing Edouard away from Parkhead. He remains under contract, and Celtic shouldn’t allow themselves to be undercut for their top stars.
So credit to Ferguson. He may not be our favourite person or pundit, but at least he’s not bitter enough that his judgement on Edouard’s true valuation is blocked.