European transfer merry-go-round could impact eventual Celtic Edouard windfall

By Euan Davidson

January 14, 2021

Celtic man Odsonne Edouard is wanted by a long list of clubs around Europe.

This isn’t news, obviously. Eddy changing his agent recently has only added to the constant speculation. The Frenchman hasn’t shone as brightly in 20-21, even though 11 goal involvements in 15 games is decent (Transfermarkt).

Oddly, Moussa Dembélé’s transfer to Atlético Madrid could cause Celtic a headache. The former Celtic striker’s move has led to a transfer merry-go-round involving Lyon, Leicester and the Rojiblancos.

Lyon replaced Dembélé immediately, with Leicester City’s Islam Slimani (Sky Sports). Next up, it could be Celtic and Odsonne Edouard involved in a transfer.

Although Juventus and Arsenal have been linked with French Eddy, Brendan Rodgers is an admirer. It was Rodgers who brought Edouard to these shores (BBC). Now at Leicester City, he may swoop again.

Rodgers refused to be drawn on speculation ahead of his side’s meeting with Southampton. Speaking about recruitment in general, the Celtic’s Invincible manager said (Leicestershire Live):

“Like most teams, you don’t want to bring players in to pad out the squad. If there was something that was going to improve us, I’m confident the ownership would look at that.

“We have a strong squad. It’s more about availability this window. The players who can improve us are not available in January.”

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic at Hamilton / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Firepower needed at Leicester, Celtic man Edouard could fit bill

Although Celtic have insisted that Edouard is not for sale until the summer, the circumstances have changed.

Any chance of 10IAR has surely diminished, barring a comedic collapse from our cross-city rivals. The Europa League is gone, as is the Betfred Cup.

Edouard may see how things are around Celtic Park currently, and get his agent on the phone. To be honest, it would be hard to blame him.

Leicester sit 4th in the Premier League (Sky Sports). Rodgers has taken the side to the precipice of Champions League qualification once again, and there’s little doubt they could bump Edouard’s wages.

As tactless as Rodgers has been in the past, he’s not going to come out and say that he’s signing Edouard. Recent weeks at Celtic have seen a small improvement to the Irishman’s image amongst the support by proxy of the club’s recent unprofessional shenanigans.

Still, it doesn’t defy logic by leaping to the conclusion that Leicester is a good fit for Edouard. The club definitely need strikers. Jamie Vardy will be first-choice until his legs are fully gone. Behind him, though, Ihenacho and Perez aren’t prolific.

I’m not sure what Celtic ever did to Leicester City, but clearly we’ve annoyed them somehow. They’ve lured our best manager in a decade, and could well swoop for our star striker. Perhaps signing Neil Lennon or Steve Guppy really upset the Foxes, and this is their long-awaited revenge.