Given the season that Odsonne Edouard has just had for Celtic, it’s understandable that he’s going to be linked with a variety of clubs across Europe.
The Frenchman scored a barrel load of goals and assisted many more in a truncated campaign that again ended in success for the Scottish champions.
His name has certainly been in English headlines for a while now.
From The Times suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur are keen, through The Star linking him with Newcastle United, to The Express believing that Arsenal are leading the chase for his signature, it would appear he’s a wanted man in the Premier League.
The speculation continues too with The Mirror reporting on Sunday that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has made Odsonne Edouard a priority signing target this summer in the event they are promoted to the top-flight.
It’s all a bit absurd when you consider the current lay of the land.
Now don’t get me wrong, Leeds are a massive club in an English and British context despite their long-term spell in the second-tier.
Their return to the Premier League would be notable and at the moment it’s looking likely.
However, Edouard hasn’t even given any indication he’s willing to leave Celtic this summer.
In fact, the Frenchman has made it quite clear he is ready to push for another league title at the Hoops.
Last month, he told the official club website: “Every season we want to win the title. This year is nine in-a-row, and next year I hope it is 10 in-a-row. This will be historic for the club.
“It’s very important for the club, for the fans, for the team, for all of the staff. We now need to go back to work for next season, and I hope that we can win this title for 10 in-a-row.”
Further to that, his image has been prominent in the promotion of season ticket renewals this summer and the club have allowed pictures of the striker in our new Adidas home kit to be published.
If Celtic are planning on selling him, with two years left on his contract, they’re doing a great job of hiding it.
In the event that the French U21 international did leave this summer, to my mind, it certainly wouldn’t be to a side that could be struggling in the bottom half of the English top-flight next season.
It’d have to be to a team that he couldn’t say no to and for money that Celtic couldn’t refuse.
In recent seasons our top talents have made the switch to Lyon and Arsenal, they haven’t used any other clubs as stepping stones towards the elite clubs in Europe, they’ve gone direct in massive deals.
When Edouard does move on, this year or another, it will work out exactly the same for him.
At this stage of his career he doesn’t need to concern himself with promoted outfits to prove himself, no matter their history.
As it stands, we can look forward to him catapulting Neil Lennon’s team towards further glory despite all the transfer noise.