BBC pundit Michael Stewart thinks any club buying Celtic star Odsonne Edouard this summer are onto a bargain, given his reported valuation
The Daily Mail reported this week that Celtic could accept an offer as low as £15m for the French striker, with Leicester City said to be the front-runners for his signature.
However, Stewart reckons that the 23-year-old could play for any of the big clubs at the top end of the English Premier League.
He even believes his old club Manchester United should be throwing their hat in the ring to bring him to Old Trafford at the quoted price.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland tonight (18:31), Stewart said: “Normally there’s no way you’d allow Odsonne Edouard to run down to a year left on his contract. That’s why £15m is on the table. Had this been last year, you’d have been talking double that.
“He’s clearly not been psychologically engaged at the start of this season. Now, you can see him come back to the fore.
“Man United are desperate for a striker. They’ve got Edinson Cavani and that’s it. They don’t really have another striker. For £15m, that’s a drop in the ocean. I’d be snapping their hand off to go and take him. I think he can go and play at any of the top clubs down south.
“For £15m, that is a steal, an absolute steal, but it’s what they’ll probably get him for because of a year left on his contract.”
Odsonne Edouard hype will only benefit Celtic
Usually, I’d be crying into a corner at the prospect of Edouard leaving Celtic, nevermind entertaining pundits actively trying to sell him in the media.
However, we’re at the stage where it’s pointless to pretend our diamond striker is going to be at the club next season.
This is how it works at Celtic. We have a rising star who becomes our most important player and then we cash in on him.
It’s proven to be a successful model over the last decade. I have no issue with it as long as we stick in a healthy sell-on percentage and wish him Happy Birthday every year.
At this stage, hype about Edouard is only going to help Celtic eke out as much cash as possible from whichever lucky club in England or another top five European league manages to bag him.
For what it’s worth, I still think £15m is too low, even with less than 18 months left on his current deal. Celtic should be doing all they can to drive up that price north of £20m.