Leicester City are confident of landing long-term target Odsonne Edouard from Celtic, according to a report from website TEAMtalk.
The outlet cites a source, with knowledge of the striker’s situation, that Edouard is almost certainly heading to the Foxes this summer, fending off competition from Liverpool and West Ham United.
It’s said Brendan Rodgers sanctioned Leicester’s pursuit of his former player months ago and is eager to be reunited with the talent he signed at Celtic in 2017.
A fee is not reported, though Celtic will be surely be hoping for an amount well into eight figures given his ability, even with just over a year left on his contract.
Edouard has been a sensation at the Bhoys since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain. He’s netted 82 goals and assisted 37 times from 166 appearances in all competitions.
His form for the French U21 international side has also been incredibly impressive. He has a record better than a goal a game for the young Bleus. It’s thought he has the potential to win senior caps with his country.
That makes him a potential bargain for cash-rich clubs. His value is set to rocket if he performs well in one of Europe’s top leagues, much in the same way as Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney.
Rodgers will know that better than anyone and also knows he can get the best out of the 23-year-old, having worked with him before.
Odsonne Edouard move is inevitable
It seems inevitable that Edouard will leave Celtic this summer, regardless of his destination. I’ve resigned myself to that. My main hope with regards to the player is now securing a healthy fee and a good sell-on clause.
If we land both of those, I don’t mind him saying goodbye, even to Rodgers. In fact, it’d be a good move for his development and could ultimately help Celtic pocket that decent chunk of sell-on cash in the future.
That seems like a best-case scenario at this point.