How Celtic could smartly reinvest in event of Odsonne Edouard sale
So, it looks like it’s finally happening: Odsonne Edouard could be leaving Celtic.
The Frenchman, who’s scored 83 goals for Celtic [Transfermarkt], will still leave a sizeable hole in the squad. Regardless of his recent form, he’s been an excellent player in the Hoops.
His departure would provide Celtic with an opportunity though. Fine, PSG will take a sizeable wedge from any deal [Daily Mail]. Nonetheless, the Bhoys will be left with plenty of money to play with, here.
Not bad, not bad at all.
So, how can Celtic use that money wisely? Let’s take a look.
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Celtic could use Odsonne Edouard fee on two right-backs
Regardless of how well Anthony Ralston is doing of late, Celtic need right-backs. Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before.
All fine options, we’re sure. However, they’re going to come at a cost. Antwerp, according to Sky Sports, value Buta at £4.5m. Juranovic, a Croatian international, is unlikely to leave Warsaw for less than £5-6m himself.
Bustos, capped four times by Argentina, is being made available for around €4m [Homme du Match], or £3.4m if you like.
Really, we need two options. Therefore, you’re looking at the thick end of £10m to really back Ange Postecoglou in a key position of the pitch. Unless Celtic can work out a bargain for someone out of left-field, it’s going to cost significant money, by our standards.
It’s probably the right choice, too. Fine, it’s not the sexiest area of the pitch to spend big on, but it’s much-needed. If we’re going to secure the kind of full-backs Ange Postecoglou needs for his system to work, it’ll cost, and it’ll be worth doing.
One right-back, one midfielder, one striker?
Or, of course, there’s another route.
What if Celtic are impressed enough by Anthony Ralston for him to be the permanent back-up? That being the case, we can put £5m aside for a right-back. That leaves at least around £6-7m to play with, depending on what Celtic get for Odsonne Edouard.
With that, the Bhoys could bring in a potential fan favourite in Ali McCann. Although James McCarthy has been snapped up, and Celtic have a raft of young midfielders to choose from, the Northern Ireland international would be more than capable back-up for Callum McGregor.
The chronically over-used Scotland midfielder needs to be rested more than he has been. At the end of May, St Johnstone set a price of £2m for McCann [Sun], but that’s probably risen to £3-3.5m given his performance in Turkey.
With the rest? Kevin Nisbet is probably a bit more expensive than the remainder of the Eddy fee. However, after Ajer’s departure, it wouldn’t be unrealistic to expect Celtic to stump up another million to fund a deal for the Hibs striker.
With the Hibees rating their star man at £4m [Daily Mail], and Celtic needing a proven goal-scorer off the bench at the very least, the departure of Odsonne Edouard could fund a trio of signings for the Bhoys.
It’s all hypothetical, but Celtic are in no position to squander any potential fee for Odsonne Edouard
All of these figures are based on reporting and realistic estimates. They’re also all players we’ve been linked with.
But that isn’t to say that these aren’t hypothetical scenarios, either. Celtic could just as easily go wild and put all their chips into a move for Jordan Larsson. Or, pay for what, a month and a half of Lionel Messi.
The point remains, though; we’ve seen big clubs receive massive fees for players, and just squander it, making hurried signings to fill gaps. That can’t be what Celtic do provided Edouard leaves. It’s got to be smarter than that.
Whether you trust the board with this money is your prerogative. However, the scope is there to secure depth and quality in key positions.
Either way, you get the sense it’s going to be a busy week at Celtic Park.