French club Monaco made an advance to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer, according to French newspaper L’Equipe (05/09 print edition, page 10).
The paper say that in June contact was made between Monaco officials and the player about a potential switch to Ligue 1.
Despite interest from Edouard’s side, the club later mysteriously pulled out of the move.
No explanation is given but since Celtic’s stance is not mentioned in the report, it could be reasonably assumed the club were not interested in selling our prize asset.
The report later explains that the interest is now a non-starter, with communication now completely cold between all parties, despite a later attempt to rekindle the move.
Thankfully this has remained a strictly behind the scenes saga up until now. No doubt this could have been a destabilising headline making advance during the summer months.
No need to worry… until next summer
Every major Celtic departure over the last few years has occurred in the summer transfer window.
So the chance is good that Odsonne Edouard is here for the entire season at least, even if clubs are keen on his signature.
There’s no way the club would risk our ambitions this term by selling him mid-season in January.
However, Monaco’s interest is a reminder that one day the likelihood is that Edouard leaves Glasgow for a bigger league.
It happened with Virgil van Dijk, Stuart Armstrong, Moussa Dembele, Kieran Tierney and it’ll happen with the 21-year-old.
Whether it’s next summer or the one after, Edouard is destined to play at the elite level on a regular basis.
For now though, we should be thankful he’s here and appreciate his ability. He’s happy at Celtic, scoring goals and producing an all-round game that makes us competitive at home and abroad.
Fingers crossed clubs fall short with any future moves, just like Monaco.