English Premier League club Leicester City are preparing a £30million offer for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to the Daily Record.
The Record believes that Celtic are bracing themselves for offers for their star-man. This comes after he bagged an opening day hat-trick in the 5-1 routing of Hamilton at Parkhead on Sunday.
It has also been reported by the Record that Celtic have no willingness to cash in on Edouard. However, the club is aware of mounting interest in the French superstar.
The growing interest in Edouard, who was brought to Parkhead by Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2017, is thought to be a key reason as to why Lennon is in the market for another striker.
And that’s a potential theory that will strike fear into the hearts of Celtic fans. With Celtic appearing to be so aggressive and proactive in their pursuit of another forward, it gives off the vibe that they’re facing an inevitable struggle to hold onto former PSG man Edouard.
If player is in no rush to go then that changes everything
The one key aspect of this transfer saga that everyone remains unaware of is how Edouard feels. Does he actually want to go this summer? Is he looking to force through a move?
The Frenchman has never given that vibe. He’s continued to crack on with his football, and his hat-trick at the weekend suggests there are no problems with his attitude.
However, if he did want to go then Celtic’s hands may be tied. After all, Edouard’s contract is only running for another two years (Transfermarkt). If they couldn’t get him signed up for a one-year extension then clubs won’t pay his full valuation next summer given the short length of time remaining on his deal.
But if he doesn’t want to depart just yet and wants to stick around for a crack at the 10? That changes everything. In that scenario, Celtic should think twice about jumping for any big-money offer.
The 10 is more important to supporters than the club’s bank balance. We’re already in an extremely positive financial situation, so there should be no overwhelming need to sell our top talent.
This may all boil down to whether Edouard signs any contract extension. But for now, it looks as though the offers are about to start flowing in.