Odsonne Edouard has informed Celtic that he wants to leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Record.
Any notion of the Frenchman staying for an additional year looks like it’s been put to bed. The Frenchman has now been in Glasgow for four years, and will end the season with 20+ goals to his name [Transfermarkt].
The Record believes Leicester City are preparing to ramp up their summer interest in the player. The idea there would be to have Edouard alongside the likes of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho for an assault on the Premier League.
The report also claims that Arsenal are showing an interest in the centre-forward. It’s unclear exactly how much Celtic would be able to rake in for the player’s services.
However, any chances of him staying look to have been wiped out by this latest report. With Edouard informing the club he’s had enough, there’s no coming back from that.
Odsonne Edouard leaving Celtic this summer shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone
It’s felt evident for some time that Edouard wouldn’t be signing a new contract. And the truth is that would be the only way that Celtic could justify keeping him on. If we decided to rebuff all offers this summer, he could leave for nothing in just over 12 months’ time.
Celtic would never go for that, not someone with the talent and value of Edouard. Losing him for nothing just to get another year out of him would be counter-productive and too high-risk.
You also have to take into consideration the size of the rebuild this summer. Celtic will need well over 10 players to ensure they have two players for each position. That finance has to come from somewhere, and Edouard’s sale would be a good start.
Some may have been hoping that the prospect of a new manager could’ve been a game-changer. That the prospect of working under him would’ve been enough for the likes of Eddy to turn around and try to get himself going at Celtic again. But that was always going to be pie in the sky stuff.
For the truth is so long as Edouard has suitors in the top European leagues, no managerial change would be able to sway him. Not when he’ll feel he’s experienced all he can under Celtic with Brendan Rodgers and, to an extent, Neil Lennon.
The sooner we get a deal done for him, the better. But if this report confirms anything, it’s that the player clearly has no intention of staying beyond the summer.