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Celtic can repeat Odsonne Edouard masterclass with Michut deal

Celtic are reportedly eyeing another potential arrival at Parkhead, amid reports that the Scottish champions are still monitoring Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Edouard Michut.

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According to journalist Pete O’Rourke – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – the Old Firm outfit could well make another move for the 19-year-old before the window slams shut, should the Ligue 1 giants be willing to sanction the Frenchman’s departure.

The transfer insider stated: “If PSG are willing to let him go, midfield is an area that Postecoglou is looking to strengthen as well.

“It is somebody they’ve been tracking all summer, so I’m sure they will be keeping tabs with PSG to see if there is any possibility that Michut might be allowed out on loan.”

Reports last month suggested that the Hoops were readying a £2m bid for the teenager, albeit with the Parc des Princes hierarchy said to be demanding in the region of £5m to let him depart.

Edouard masterclass

That would no doubt be a sizeable sum for a player who has made just eight senior appearances for his current side thus far, although the indication is that Michut could well have a bright future in the game, having even been compared to teammate Marco Verratti due to his ball-playing talent.

The “highly technical” prodigy – as dubbed by talent scout Jacek Kulig – has already registered one assist in that brief first-team experience so far, with a more prominent role in Christophe Galtier’s side seemingly only hampered by the wealth of senior talent at the 55-year-old’s disposal.

A move could well be needed to allow the youngster to truly kickstart his senior career elsewhere, with manager Ange Postecoglou likely to welcome him into the fold as he looks to bolster his midfield options, having seen Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton depart at the end of last season.

While the title-winning coach quashed the suggestion that the Scottish Premiership side were attempting to sign the France U19 international earlier this summer, the former Yokohama boss did admit that the £2.7m-rated gem is a “good player”, having clearly been aware of his talents.

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Those at Celtic Park will no doubt be hoping that Michut can replicate the impact of another man who made the move to Glasgow from PSG in recent times, with compatriot Odsonne Edouard having sparkled following his arrival back in 2017.

Like the younger man, Edouard had enjoyed limited first-team experience prior to his move to Scotland, having made 17 appearances on loan at Toulouse after failing to make a single outing for the Parisien outfit.

That mattered little as he subsequently went on to score 86 goals in just 179 games for the Hoops over the next five seasons, having seen his initial loan move made permanent for a fee of around £9m in 2018.

Having assumed the mantle as the club’s leading marksman following the exit of Moussa Dembele, the 24-year-old went on to spearhead Celtic to a plethora of major honours over the next few years, before departing for Crystal Palace on a £14m deal last summer.

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His tale showcases that taking a gamble on an inexperienced youth product can more than pay off, with the current Eagles man having scored a hatful of goals and secured the club a tidy profit upon his eventual exit.

Although the more creative Michut is unlikely to have the same goalscoring impact on Postecoglou’s side, he can still impose himself on the club in the way that Edouard had done previously, rising up from something of an unknown and untested quality into a real leading figure.

It could prove yet another transfer masterclass if Celtic can get the midfielder through the door over the next week or so.