Report: Celtic want £40m for Odsonne Edouard thanks to PSG's 40% stake
Celtic will demand a whopping £40million for star-striker Odsonne Edouard due to PSG’s huge 40% sell-on fee, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail has reported that Everton, Leicester City, and Aston Villa have all enquired about the Frenchman’s services this summer. However, the likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle United may be priced out of a move.
The newspaper believes that Everton sent representatives up to watch Edouard back in March. This was in back-to-back matches against Copenhagen and Kilmarnock respectively.
However, it remains to be seen as to whether those still interested would play game at such a high valuation for Edouard.
The report also comes just days after Neil Lennon confirmed that he’ll look to tie Edouard down on a new deal (Daily Record).
Sell-on fee will put a nasty dent in any agreement
If Celtic were to manage a £40m agreement for Edouard’s services, a massive £16m would be sent straight to Ligue 1 champions PSG. That would cut Celtic’s total to £24m, less than what we received for Kieran Tierney’s transfer to Arsenal (BBC).
A £30m deal, which would seem a touch more realistic, would see the club left with only £18m. It appears as though the Hoops are only now seeing just how costly that clause into the Edouard deal is.
It also begs the question as to whether £18m-£24m would be worth it if we’re losing our top striker during such a vital season. Given that such a heavy sell-on fee will await PSG, the rewards aren’t as great for Celtic as it first seemed.
Of course, the last thing Celtic will want is to run down his contract and be stuck having to accept a £20m agreement or so next summer in a cut-price deal. Maximum value will always be a primary objective of the Parkhead board.
For now, all we can do as supporters is wait and see how this all transpires. But there’s no denying that the impact of PSG’s sell-on fee will be a body-blow regardless of how much we get for Eddy.
In other news, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has laughed off suggestions that one of his stars should hand in a transfer request.