An update has emerged on outstanding Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, regarding a potential transfer to the Premier League.
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Premier League clubs are dropping out of the race for Odsonne Edouard due to the Celtic attacker’s wage demands.
The report claims that both Southampton and Brighton have opted against a deal for the ex-PSG man because he is demanding £85k-per-week, with the Hoops wanting a £15m fee for his services.
Celtic fans will be delighted with this update from Nixon as it appears to increase the chances of Edouard remaining in Scotland beyond the end of the transfer window. His options are diminishing with clubs refusing to meet his extortionate, by their estimations, wage demands and that could leave him with nowhere to go between now and September 1st.
The Frenchman is seemingly pricing himself out of a move and that could come as a massive boost to Ange Postecoglou’s squad, as he is a quality player in the Scottish Premiership. He is a proven goalscorer and the Australian coach could need his ability to put the ball in the back of the net to stand a chance of reclaiming the title from their arch-rivals Rangers this season.
Former Hoops forward Frank McGarvey commented on speculation over the Frenchman in 2020 and hailed him as an outstanding footballer. He said:
“I just love watching Edouard. He has that bit of magic in his feet, and he reminds me of Charlie Nicholas.
“You just know if he gets the ball just outside of the box the other team are in trouble. Edouard has that ability to produce something out of nothing because he has such quick feet.
“I think someone will come in this summer and put £20million on the table for him. You can’t blame Celtic for taking it, especially in the current climate.
“I’ll be sorry to see him go because he is an outstanding footballer. His temperament and his ability are genuinely top class.”
His statistics for Celtic back up these claims. Last season, the forward scored 18 goals in 26 starts across the Scottish Premiership and Europa League and has one goal and one assist in one league start this term. This is why fans will be buzzing that he could now be set to stay at Celtic Park as they will continue to watch him – hopefully – score goals and win games for the club.
The window closing with him still at Celtic could also allow him to fully focus on his football without the distraction of a potential move away. Therefore, fans could enjoy seeing a motivated Edouard showcase what he can do throughout the 2021/22 campaign.