Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson believes that the club could have a “big decision” to make regarding the future of Odsonne Edouard.
A report in the Daily Star yesterday suggested that Newcastle United had made signing the Frenchman their top priority after a series of video calls between manager Steve Bruce and his transfer team. They also reported that Everton have had him watched too.
This follows the Daily Mirror’s report from last week stating that Arsenal were also readying a summer bid for Edouard. Back in January, Leicester City too were credited with a potential £30million summer bid by the Daily Record.
And speaking in the Scottish Sun, Brechin City boss Wilson believes a huge call may have to be made by the club regarding Edouard’s future.
“A lot of fans thought he would be staying for the foreseeable future because he was part of the double Treble and Invincible team. Not many clubs are bigger than Celtic, but when the lure of a big league comes your way where these boys can go and further their careers, that could become a real pulling point.
“If the money is right, it’s a big decision for Celtic and Peter Lawwell. Their model has worked so well in recent years and if clubs are willing to pay £30m, the model works again.
“You spend £9m on someone and sell them for £30m two years down the line. It’s an incredible piece of business. I’d love to see them do it (hold onto him for one more year). I don’t know if the club would do it for one player, but it’s exceptional times. Who knows when an opportunity like that will ever come round again?”
The key point Celtic fans should cling to
It’s pleasing to see Wilson touch on the fact that it’s exceptional times. It really is, and that’s the particular point that Celtic fans will be clinging onto in the hope we keep Edouard for another season.
The positives of selling Edouard are all business-based. All of them are to do with financial gain – it’s nothing to do with progressing the team on the pitch. That’s fine of course – that’s what a business is all about. But next year could be the 10-in-a-row season.
Celtic will be looking to secure the 10 for the first time in Scottish football history. It’s effectively what the last nine years have been all about. Every title win, every cup win, every decision made has been to help us get into the position we’ll be in next season. You would hope, just this once, that the board would hold onto our key man for another year.
However, in order to do that, we could really do with him adding another year to his contract. As things stand, his deal is up in the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt). That means that come the end of the potential 10-in-a-row season, he’ll only have a year remaining. That takes value off his fee, and Celtic will be doing all they can to make sure he goes for nothing less than the premium.
That could all depend on how Edouard views 10-in-a-row. He hasn’t been steeped in Scottish football from a young age. It may not have the same sentimental for him value that it has for the rest of us. However, he could leave here a real icon. A potential legend. But he has to sign for another year so we can still sell for a hefty fee another 12 months down the line.
This is going to be one interesting summer. Hopefully, given everything that’s happened, we can get something sorted out and he can continue playing in Scotland for one more year.