£20m for Celtic star Edouard isn't enough; club should hold firm

By Euan Davidson

January 23, 2021

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard is the subject of plenty of interest from clubs around Europe.

That’s not news. However, with Edouard’s contract running out in 18 months [Transfermarkt], Celtic may have to temper their expectations, fee-wise.

Today, news emerged that Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked to the Celtic striker [Daily Record]. As the man who brought the former PSG man to the Bhoys, he knows the Frenchman’s talents.

The Foxes could land Edouard for just £20m, with PSG snaffling 40% of any potential transfer [Daily Mail].

Juventus, A.C. Milan, Arsenal and a host of others had been reportedly interested in Edouard. As Leicester City chase Champions League football again, a front-two of Jamie Vardy and French Eddy might be too hot for many defences to handle.

Isn’t it just typical of Celtic’s luck in 20-21, though? The Daily Mail reported in August that the Bhoys would demand at least £40m for their prize asset.

Now, it seems Kieran Tierney’s record fee of £25m is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon [Goal]. Not only is it a blow to lose Edouard for less than his true worth. Losing him to Brendan Rodgers? That’s a sickener.

Odsonne Edouard doing Odsonne Edouard-type stuff / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic man Edouard hasn’t been as productive this season, but he’s still an immense talent

It’s worth noting that Odsonne Edouard has managed 11 goal involvements in 25 games this season. That’s despite contracting Covid-19, suffering from niggling injuries and being touted to every European giant over the summer.

Anyone would struggle under those conditions. Still, the reported fee of just £20m means that Edouard’s value has dropped significantly over the space of a few months.

That feels incredibly harsh, and shows just how volatile the transfer market is nowadays. Given Eddy’s production over the last 4 years, £20m seems like an absolute steal for any cash-rich sides in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

Yes, the club may be forced to sell. Eddy’s unlikely to sign a new contract at Celtic. Very recently, he signed with a new agency firm – the same company who manage Kieran Tierney.

There are supporters who aren’t particularly fussed about the prospect of Celtic star Edouard leaving the club. To them, I say: be careful what you wish for.

Admittedly, he’s not hit the heights expected of him this season. Still, though, 72 goals and 35 assists in just over 150 games for the Bhoys is an incredible return overall [Transfermarkt]. Even in a supposedly “bad” season, Edouard is our joint-top scorer [WhoScored?].

Honestly, I don’t have enough faith in the Celtic board to replace him properly. With so little of this transfer window left, there’s no real sign of Leigh Griffiths, Albian Ajeti or Patryk Klimala stepping up to replace Eddy’s numbers.

So, the idea of wanting him away seems ludicrous to me.

Yes, he’s struggled. But £20m for a player who’s improved exponentially since we signed him for £9m? To sell so cheaply would be a real waste. To be frank, it’s just bad business.

And Celtic can’t afford any more of that.