The Odsonne Edouard sell-on fee Celtic conceded needs some context

By Euan Davidson

May 21, 2021

So, on surface level, it might look like Celtic were ripped off over Odsonne Edouard.

PSG, a typically crafty and shrewd outfit, are now understood to have slapped as much as a 50% sell-on clause when Celtic bought the French striker. Given that it’s a potential £5.5m, as my colleague John pointed out, that’s a quality Bhoys player we could miss out on.

So yes, it’s a sore one. Not only did Celtic pay £9m for him in the first instance [Sky Sports], but it looks like we won’t make much of a profit on the striker. However, consider the environment of his signing.

After a successful loan deal, Edouard looked the business. Meanwhile, Moussa Dembele was clearly wanting out. There was no surprise when Lyon snapped him up for close to £20m in the summer of 2018 [BBC]. Both players had come through the ranks at PSG, of course, and the Parisians had lost out on a Dembele windfall.

They weren’t going to make that mistake again, now, were they?

Odsonne Edouard: undoubtedly a top player for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Odsonne Edouard sell-on looks bad, but it was a vital part of getting deal done

Consider this: taking a hit via a sell-on clause is much better than losing him for nothing. That’s the reality if the Bhoys can’t get a deal done. For all the talk of Edouard being huffy or lacking emotion, he’s won 3 league titles with Celtic, and he could’ve forced a move by now if he truly wanted to.

It’s not like we haven’t got our money’s worth, either. Rarely, in today’s market, does £9m buy you 83 goals and 37 assists in just 168 games [Transfermarkt]. His numbers are colossal, and he’s given us so many fantastic moments. Not least his Scottish Cup winning goal against Hearts in 2019, which sealed the Treble Treble. Or his efforts against Rangers, when he repeatedly put our rivals back in their place.

Having been burnt by the Moussa Dembele ordeal, it’s not as if PSG were going to willingly give away another youth product without a considerable incentive. They would’ve known that this was a record fee for Celtic. While £9m wouldn’t mean much to a club of PSG’s riches, it’s the principle of the thing. Clearly, they were cognisant of the Frenchman’s abilities, but that he was unlikely to get into the Parisiens’ first team.

In the end, we got a fantastic striker, whose goals helped to guide Celtic through one of our most glorious eras. We’ll still make some kind of profit on him.

Who’s to say we won’t add our own sell-on clause with his next move?

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