A report this afternoon from the Daily Record has shed some light on how highly Celtic value Odsonne Edouard.
Earlier on today, Get French Football News stated that Monaco had seen an approach for French Eddy rejected. It also stated that Edouard was in no hurry to leave Celtic, and that he wanted to finish the campaign at Parkhead.
However, the Record has today moved to quash that. They state that the idea of Celtic rejecting any approach from the Ligue 1 side is “wide of the mark”. And, interestingly, they also report that Celtic want a record-fee for Eddy when they eventually do sell him.
Celtic sold Kieran Tierney for £25million in the summer in a record-breaking departure (BBC). The Hoops clearly feel they can get closer to the £30m mark with Eddy.
So far this season, Edouard has rattled home 19 goals and bagged 15 assists in 35 games (Transfermarkt). It’s his best return yet for this stage of a season.
Celtic right to keep pushing figures up
Celtic are quite right to keep pushing their figures up for player sales. When Tierney was sold to Arsenal, he was a special talent that had his injury problems. Edouard, however, is an even further step up.
If French Eddy played for the likes of Leicester, West Ham, or Southampton, would he be leaving for any less than £30m? Different markets of course, but Celtic are clearly aware of just how big a talent they have in the Frenchman.
Even if the idea of Monaco coming forward is untrue, it’s great to read that Edouard is in no rush to move. He’s played in 34 of our 41 games this season (Transfermarkt). You just can’t underestimate the influence he’s had on Celtic these last 18 months.
It remains to be seen if a club does genuinely come in for Edouard with that kind of £30m figure. If they did, it puts a totally different complexion on things. Would Celtic have the bottle to boot an offer like that out until the summer?
Given the stage we’re at in our history and the goals we’re targeting over the next couple of years, you would hope the board would take the risk. This summer reads like the ideal time to sell French Eddy if we have to do it at some stage. And, with a talent of his quality and pedigree, we know that day is coming.
But this report from the Record is positive. It suggests that the club is willing to dig its heels in, and that bodes well for us ahead of the final few days of the transfer window.