Report: Arsenal look to replace Lacazette with Celtic star Odsonne Edouard

By Euan Davidson

March 2, 2021

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is a transfer target for Arsenal, as well as Roma, Leicester City and West Ham.

The Leicester Mercury have reported that the Gunners will look to sell one of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. That leaves a vacancy for the former French U-21 starlet, who has had another impressive season, despite criticism.

According to the outlet, Edouard will be made available for £20m, half of Celtic’s original evaluation for the 23-year-old. That figure has been hotly debated, not least by us in response to a claim made by former Celt Andy Walker.

The same outlet claims that Leicester City and Roma are in the frame to swoop. It was Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers who brought Edouard to Celtic. There’s still likely to be a relationship there.

Or, if Eddy prefers Italy, Roma are looking to replace the ageing goalscorer Edin Dzeko, formerly of Manchester City. There are certainly going to be options for the Frenchman, who signed to the same agent as Kieran Tierney earlier this season.

Edouard scored against Aberdeen at the weekend / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Criticised, but still vital: Arsenal target and Celtic man Odsonne Edouard

French Eddy has had his fair share of critics this season. There are claims that he’s “downed tools”, despite scoring 16 league goals, and laying on 4 assists in 24 Premiership outings [Transfermarkt]. Considering he’s had Covid-19, niggling injuries and speculation about his future, that’s not a shabby return.

He’s actually on course to beat last season’s total of 21 league goals, in a season truncated by Covid.

£20m seems staggeringly cheap, considering the market these days. Given that Christian Benteke was signed by Crystal Palace for £27m in 2016 [Football365], it’s a shockingly low evaluation. Kieran Tierney moved to Arsenal for £25m [Sky Sports], in a deal that now looks like an absolute bargain for the Gunners.

Given the popularity of Arsenal on a global level, and their history with French greats, it’d be a no-brainer for Odsonne Edouard. The big stage of Premier League football at a massive club would surely be too much to ignore.

But for £20m? We should absolutely feel ripped off here.

A fan-favourite (not every player gets their own song, you know), it’ll be very sad to see Odsonne Edouard leave. There’s a legitimate argument that he’s our best striker since Henrik Larsson.

Celtic supporters will feel aggrieved if he does end up going for less than his true value.

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