A report from the Glasgow Times has claimed that Celtic now want at least double what they paid for Odsonne Edouard in the summer.
Previously, the Hoops have been reported as wanting as much as £40m for the Frenchman’s services (Daily Mail). However, with the player now into the final year of his contract at Parkhead, his valuation will need to be considerably lower than that.
The Glasgow Times also states that a source has told them a new contract being accepted by Eddy is unlikely. But they do go on to say that a move for him in January is also not expected.
Edouard has had a poor season so far by his own standards. Even so, he still has 12 goals to his name in 24 appearances (Transfermarkt).
Report should come as no surprise; Edouard won’t leave Celtic for a record fee
The largest fee Celtic have ever taken in for a player was the £25m secured from Kieran Tierney’s departure to Arsenal (BBC). However, we can forget any notion that Edouard will go for similar.
Unfortunately, this is simply down to a combination of contract length and form. French Eddy has failed to light things up in Europe and has generally been inconsistent domestically too. In the Premiership this season, he only has seven goals for the campaign. Three of them came on opening day against Hamilton at Parkhead (Transfermarkt).
If you’re a scout looking for players to come in and instantly improve your club, Edouard won’t fit the bill on current form. Even at his peak form, we would still struggle to get a mammoth fee given he’s soon into the final 12 months of his contract. He can speak to clubs in 12 months’ time with a view to leaving for nothing.
So if we could manage to bring in £18m for him, we should be pleased. We took the gamble in keeping him here for another year and it’s not reaped any rewards. If we wanted, Celtic likely could’ve sold him for a higher fee last summer. You can’t blame the club for wanting to keep him – we all wanted him here for the 10 charge.
But it’s fallen flat on its face, and Eddy hasn’t been himself this season. And given Celtic is hardly an attractive place to be at the moment, none of this is surprising.
A summer departure for anything like £18m has to be considered terrific business.