Leicester City are lining up a £20million offer for Odsonne Edouard, according to the Sun.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have been consistently linked with the Frenchman ever since he moved from Parkhead to the King Power Stadium.
Celtic managed to pull out all the stops last summer and keep their stars for one 10-in-a-row title push. And after failing to do so, it looks likely a host of our top stars will depart this summer. And the Sun believes Rodgers is ready to make his move for Eddy.
In addition to that, however, the Sun also reports that Rodgers wants Callum McGregor too. Celtic’s current vice-captain looks in line to take the armband from Scott Brown next season. But the report states that Rodgers will try again for him this summer after the carrot of going for the 10 proved too big for Callum last summer.
McGregor has yet to show any indication that he wants to leave Celtic. His current contract at Parkhead also runs until the summer of 2023, giving Celtic plenty of protection.
Leicester would have to break the bank for Callum McGregor; Odsonne Edouard departure looking more and more likely
The longer the likes of Edouard goes without signing a contract, the lesser hope we have of keeping him. He looks almost certain to head for the exit door this summer.
The same can’t be said for McGregor. He looks to be in line to be the club’s next captain. Granted, the final word on that should be the new manager’s. It could be the case that the incoming boss has different plans for the armband.
But if he doesn’t, that’s a real incentive for Callum to extend his stay here. At 27, he’s now at the stage where he has to decide where he’s spending his peak years. Whether that be at Celtic Park or down south, his next contract will be a big one. Coming through the academy ranks, he’s had plenty of opportunities to leave that he hasn’t taken.
There’s no real reason to believe McGregor would suddenly decide to do so now. Not when he has so much to look forward to. Working towards being the Celtic captain has been the midfielder’s sole individual focus. For him to now potentially achieve that would make any move for difficult.
We can only hope that the player decides for himself where his future is. If Celtic get an offer they deem worthy then they’ll accept it, as they’ve always done with our top stars. McGregor won’t be any different in that regard.
But with everything that’s happening with the club, there is plenty to look forward to for Callum. With a bit of luck, that’s enough to make him see his long-term future is still in Glasgow.