Report: Brighton want to use some of £50m windfall to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

By David Walton

July 19, 2021

Brighton are ready to use their Ben White transfer cash to try and sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, the Daily Express reports.

The EPL club are set to complete an incredible £50m deal to sell White to Arsenal [Evening Standard]. However, with the Seagulls having already registered an interest in Edouard, the Express believes they’re ready to launch an offer.

The report also states that manager Graham Potter won’t be held to ransom for Edouard. Especially with the player into the final year of his contract.

Earlier this summer, Leicester City failed in a bid to sign the talented Frenchman.

PSG will reportedly bank 40% of the sell-on figure for Edouard [Daily Record].

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Celtic can no longer sell Odsonne Edouard for the time being

Many would’ve been all for this earlier this summer. At the start of the transfer window, getting rid of our wantaway stars should’ve been a big priority.

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However, we’ve now hung on to the Frenchman for too long. Our UCL second qualifying round tie is just around the corner. Selling him at any point during the qualifiers is a no-go. Even if we do have Albian Ajeti fit and available.

All thoughts of selling Edouard must be put to bed at least until the European qualifiers are out the road. Like it or not, the former PSG talent is a part of this now.

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If we were to sell Edouard at any point in the next few weeks, it would be a bad look for the board. Outside of Ajeti, we have nobody fit and available to feature up top. Leigh Griffiths hasn’t had a pre-season, whilst Kyogo Furuhashi isn’t even in the country.

It would bring the board so much unnecessary stick if they moved to do this now. The timing simply couldn’t be any worse.

So we should expect Edouard to stick around for a little bit longer. We simply can’t afford to let him go just now.

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