Report: Villa baulk at £30m Celtic demand for Edouard
Celtic fans have been given a big boost regarding the future of Odsonne Edouard after a fresh report today from the Athletic.
The Athletic have stated that Premier League side Aston Villa had been considering a move for the Frenchman. However, due to Celtic’s selling price, it’s said they’ve turned their attentions elsewhere.
And that selling fee could be £30m according to reports from the Scottish Sun in the summer. A move for him hasn’t totally been ruled out. However, the Athletic says that any move from the Villa Park side is unlikely.
Edouard hasn’t been in the best of form for the Hoops this season. A hat-trick at home to Hamilton on opening-day has been as good as it’s got. Since then, the former PSG youngster has only scored a further six goals (Transfermarkt). Only two have come in the Premiership as we’ve dropped 16 points behind Rangers with three games in hand.
But there have been some more promising signs from Eddy in recent weeks. His sumptuous goal at the San Siro and his sublime penalty vs Hearts has reminded us that he’s still a big-game player.
Make no mistake, selling Edouard still a no-no for Celtic
Sure, he’s been out of form for large spells. But don’t tell me we should start entertaining offers for him in January. Not in this season of seasons. He’s already proven that he can still come up trumps for us.
Think of the picture. Edouard running at Conor Goldson in the derby. Who are you backing? I know who I am, and it isn’t the Ibrox defender. Edouard is still the player we need to take on our rivals and help fire us to the 10.
Yes something has been off this season. That’s something you could probably say about many of our first-team though. This isn’t totally isolated to the French striker. Therefore, we have to stick by him in one of the most crucial six-month periods in the club’s history.
There will come a time when selling Edouard will be acceptable. Probably at the end of the season. That will likely be one of our last opportunities to get a decent fee for him.
But Villa are also quite entitled to turn their noses up at the fee. They’ll be looking at Edouard’s form and be raising an eyebrow at that valuation. But we have to do what’s best for the club in January. Letting Eddy depart is a risk we can’t take.
So if Villa, one of the teams regularly linked with him, have turned away from any January interest? That’s a relief for all Celtic fans.
In other news, it looks as though we’ve broken these Rangers fans. Check out these desperate tweets to the Lincoln Red Imps today.