Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charlie Watts has dropped an update on the race to sign Celtic hero Odsonne Edouard.
Edouard’s future is going to be one of the stories of the summer. However, as the player enters the final 12 months of his Parkhead contract, he looks almost certain to depart.
Speculation linking the Frenchman with moves to the likes of England and Italy just won’t go away. And after scoring his 16th goal for France’s under-21s in only 12 games last night [Transfermarkt], interest in him is only going to grow.
However, it looks as though Leicester are the team who are favourites to sign Edouard. That’s according to in-the-know Goal correspondent Watts, who held a Q&A on his official YouTube channel. When asked about Eddy’s links to Arsenal, he made the following remark:
“From what I am hearing, it suggests that Leicester are the frontrunners for that one.”
Celtic hero Odsonne Edouard to Leicester would be a fine move for all parties
A reunion with Brendan Rodgers would make perfect sense for all parties. Granted, it won’t help the many Hoops supporters who won’t ever forgive Rodgers for ditching Celtic for Leicester. But what it represents is a great potential next step for Edouard.
Building a partnership with a Premier League superstar like Jamie Vardy would surely enthuse him. Whilst the prospect of showcasing his talents every week in England would do his France chances no harm whatsoever.
Rodgers managed to give Edouard the big break his career needed. He was the one who brought Eddy to Parkhead for the 2017/18 season, and signed him up permanently one year later. From there, Rodgers helped develop him into a France under-21 international and one of Europe’s hottest young talents.
There are plenty of Celtic fans who won’t care where he ends up of course. When he leaves Celtic he’ll just become any other player for some. But for others, his career trajectory will be followed. There’s be an appreciation that now is the right time for him to leave for his career.
Even the prospect of a new manager and a Parkhead rebuild won’t lead to him staying. The fact is he’ll believe he’s tasted everything he can at Celtic Park. That a new challenge now awaits him in one of Europe’s top leagues.
It’s all part of the Celtic transfer model. And if he ends up at the King Power Stadium, nobody could deny it would be a fine move for him. When he does depart, he’ll leave with the club’s best wishes.