Report: Celtic will demand at least £40m if someone wants Edouard
The Telegraph has reported that Celtic have slapped a mammoth £40million price tag on star-striker Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, but the Telegraph believes that Premier League outfit Aston Villa have been made aware of the Hoops’ new valuation of the Frenchman before offers will be considered.
Leicester City were previously linked with a potential £30m move for the striker (Daily Record). However, it looks as though even that won’t be enough to prize Edouard from Glasgow.
Celtic’s current record sale is £25m for Kieran Tierney (Sky Sports), who made the switch from Parkhead to Arsenal last summer.
Edouard has started the season in fine form too. A hat-trick against Hamilton Academical on opening day signalled a frightening return to competitive action.
Celtic also don’t appear to have any plans to sell him as they get to grips with their 10-in-a-row charge. Neil Lennon has recently talked up the prospect of a partnership between him and new signing Albian Ajeti (Celtic TV).
Edouard doesn’t need a Premier League stepping stone
All of us will admit that Edouard’s days in Glasgow are numbered. Whether it be this summer or next, the time will come for him to head for pastures new.
However, the level of club he goes to has to be of a good enough standard. Just because Villa are a Premier League outfit, it doesn’t mean that Edouard should jump the gun and head for the first big-league club that potentially has an offer accepted.
Edouard has proven that he’s better than an Aston Villa. He isn’t a player who should be leaving Parkhead and fighting for relegation next season.
Look at Moussa Dembele for example. He managed to bag a move to Lyon, who are now in the Champions League semi-finals. He’s achieved that within two years of leaving Glasgow.
French Eddy should have a similar level of ambition and expectation when he leaves.
Nothing against the likes of Villa either. They would likely play Edouard every week in one of the best leagues in the world whilst giving his bank balance a hefty bonus.
However, if he really wants to challenge himself, better prospects will surely be out there.
Hopefully his immediate goal is pushing for ten-in-a-row with the Bhoys.