The Scottish Sun has reported that several top clubs have been in touch with the representatives of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
According to the Sun, Crystal Palace are readying an offer of around £25million for the French sensation. However, it appears that they aren’t the only side possibly gearing up an effort to land the frontman.
The Sun has also reported that Celtic have made it clear Edouard isn’t for sale, with two years remaining on his current contract.
Initially, the starting price to open negotiations with Edouard was reportedly £30m, but the figure has seemingly dropped.
Edouard slammed home 27 goals and bagged 19 assists last season for the Hoops (Transfermarkt). And with a potentially historic 10-in-a-row season coming up, Celtic fans won’t accept the club bowing to big-money suitors for their big-game hero.
Main priority for Celtic must be a contract extension
Normally, Celtic would look to cash in on at least one of their prized assets during the summer window. Last season, Kieran Tierney left the club for Arsenal in a sensational £25m deal (BBC). The year before it was Moussa Dembele’s turn to depart for Lyon in a £19.7m transaction (BBC).
Naturally then it could be seen as only right that Edouard gets his big move after three highly successful campaigns at Parkhead. But this isn’t just any other year. It’s the most important in the club’s long and trophy-laden history.
Yes, Celtic have Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Klimala and Vakoun Bayo available. But the latter two are unproven whilst Griffiths has had his injury issues in the past. With Neil Lennon often going with two players up top in the second half of last season too, Edouard would need to be replaced in order to have two players for either position.
But the Celtic board would be putting a massive target on their back by letting the much-admired striker leave the club. Should any replacement fail to be successful, the board would quite rightly be accused of sacrificing 10-in-a-row for a nice pay-day.
Therefore, the club’s main priority shouldn’t be getting as much as they can for the former PSG man. It should be ensuring he signs a new one-year extension that would allow Celtic to cash in for big bucks after the 10 is secured.
No amount of money is worth the potential loss of a 10th successive title and eternal bragging rights over the club’s rivals. But if big clubs are circling Odsonne Edouard, the Celtic fans are about to see just how much their money-men care about the achievement.
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