Report: Source close to Edouard refutes £15m Leicester claim; Celtic will get much more

By John McGinley

March 6, 2021

A source close to Celtic star Odsonne Edouard has told The Glasgow Times that the Bhoys are looking for much more than £15m for the French striker.

A report in The Daily Mail on Thursday night stated that Leicester City were confident they had won the race for the goal-scoring sensation.

It was said that a fee as low as £15m could bag him this summer.

However, a more local source – The Glasgow Times – suggests that’s wide of the mark.

A report by journalist Mark Hendry states: “Herald and Times Sport understands it will take a significantly higher fee to land the attacker who, at the end of the season, will have 12-months remaining on his contract. A source close to the player suggested that £15million would be ‘nowhere near’ the fee necessary for Celts to part with their man.”

It’s said that Aston Villa and Roma are also keen to sign him up.

Celtic won’t give up Edouard without a fight

The article chimes with comments made by interim boss John Kennedy to print journalists overnight. He stated the £15m valuation was ‘far too cheap’.

The 23-year-old may have less than 18 months on his contract, but if any interested party wants to guarantee negotiations with him, they’ll have to go through Celtic first with a realistic offer.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard celebrates a goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Personally, I can’t see the club settling for anything less than the fee that ensured Moussa Dembele left for Lyon.

They’ll at least give it a good fight to push the money up to those sorts of levels, rather than simply settling for a lowball £15m offer.

In other news, John Kennedy has provided hope for struggling Celtic winger Mikey Johnston.