Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are considering Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard with a view to making a summer move, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Mirror reports that Edouard is in Arteta’s sights as the Gunners consider making an offer at the end of the season. This comes with no guarantee on the future of Arsenal’s current star-striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
Leicester City and Everton have both scouted Edouard in the past, and the Mirror believes that Arsenal are set for a transfer war in the summer for the Frenchman.
Edouard is currently being valued at £30million, the Mirror reports. Therefore, any summer bid would have to be substantial in order for Celtic to even bother entertaining it.
So far this season, the Frenchman has rattled home 27 goals in 45 appearances (Transfermarkt). The big striker was looking well on course to break the 30-goal barrier this term.
No surprises, but Celtic will have the final say
Edouard is currently on a contract at Parkhead that runs until the summer of 2022. This comes after he initially signed a four-year contract with the club back in 2018 after his blockbuster move from PSG.
What that means is that Celtic have security when it comes to Edouard. With two years remaining, we can either sell him for big money or keep him for what could potentially be the 10-in-a-row season.
Edouard hasn’t shown any signs of wanting a move away either. Whilst we all know the day will come when he eyes up a Parkhead departure, he hasn’t suggested that it’s anytime soon.
With next season being the potential 10-in-a-row season too, it gives Celtic even more encouragement to keep him for longer. It lessens the incentive to sell. That means big money will need to be spent from any potential suitors.
Of course, there’s no guarantee regarding what will happen to the transfer window. Football is currently undergoing a postponement due to a major health crisis. It remains to be seen how it recovers and what pushbacks are put in place.
However, Celtic’s stance on Edouard will remain the same. Nothing but top dollar. The likes of Arsenal and Leicester City certainly have that to spend.