Leicester City have ended talks to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after a lengthy pursuit of the 23-year-old.
What’s the story?
The Foxes had been heavily linked with a move for the France Under-21 international in recent weeks as Brendan Rodgers aims to bolster his first-team squad.
However, according to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, negotiations to bring Edouard to the King Power Stadium have broken down as the Midlands outfit are set to sign Patson Daka instead.
Fans will be gutted
After narrowly missing out on a Champions League qualification spot last season, Rodgers has moved quickly this summer as he plots another assault on the Premier League’s top four.
Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is expected to sign in the coming days, and the addition of Daka from RB Salzburg will be another significant injection of quality for the current FA Cup holders.
However, news that Edouard won’t be lining up alongside the likes of Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans will leave large sections of the club’s supporters feeling gutted.
Rodgers had previously managed the former Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate during his time in Scotland, with many hoping the reunion would see Edouard adapt to the demands of the English top-flight with relative ease.
After qualifying for next term’s Europa League, Leicester will need the resources required to fight on multiple fronts in 2021/22.
And although Daka will certainly help them do just that, an injury to either the Zambia international, Vardy, or Kelechi Iheanacho will leave them dangerous light on attacking options once again.
With only 12 months remaining on his contract at Celtic, Edouard appeared to be available at a bargain price this summer, and some fans may be left scratching their heads at the hierarchy’s decision to call off proceedings.
Rodgers has done a stellar job throughout his two-and-a-half-year stay with the Foxes, but he’ll have to try and improve on consecutive fifth-placed finishes without the addition of one of his former star performers.