Former Celtic striker and outspoken pundit Chris Sutton believes the club are currently in a position to sell direct to cash-rich elite clubs, rather a lower tier of team, The Daily Record report.
Sutton has been speaking about the potential sale of Celtic hero Odsonne Edouard and what kind of value he might have on the transfer market this summer.
With over 20 goals this season, the Frenchman has been in exceptional form, creating a bit of hype about what he could offer in a more illustrious and competitive league than the Scottish Premiership.
In days gone by, Celtic might find themselves having to sell to a lesser team in one of the top five big European leagues, such as in the case of Virgil van Dijk, lessening the fees involved.
The Dutch defender moved to Southampton in 2015 for £13m (BBC), far below the kind of record fee he made the switch to Liverpool for.
Sutton though thinks that the Scottish champions have moved onto a new way of doing business, as evidenced by the recent sales of star players.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “No offence to the lad, but have you seen Joelinton play? Are you telling me he’s better than Edouard? Seriously? West Ham paid £45 million for Sebastian Haller, who has done little.
“These are the figures which are being spent and that puts the Celtic striker into that bracket easily.
“There’s no middle club needed. The days of Virgil van Dijk needing to prove himself at Southampton before getting to Liverpool are gone. Moussa Dembele to Lyon and Kieran Tierney to Arsenal are proof of that after the Dutch defender did their groundwork.
“Edouard has got almost everything. At the age of 22, there is a decade at the highest level waiting for him.”
Sutton makes a good point here. There is no doubt that when Edouard eventually does leave Celtic it’ll be for a massive fee, perhaps even breaking the record set by Tierney.
However, selling Edouard will be all about timing. Currently, without a new contract, this summer looks the best time to do business on the Frenchman.
Supporters will likely want him to stay one more year, especially if we make it nine-in-a-row this May, but keeping him until he only has a year left on his contract would be bad business on the club’s part.
The ideal scenario would be handing him a new contract and then allowing him to be sold next summer but how likely that is remains to be seen.