Arsenal reportedly interested in signing Celtic striker Edouard

Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in signing Odsonne Edouard from Celtic this summer and would be willing to spend just north of £22 million to bring him to North London, according to Ian McGarry of The Transfer Window Podcast in a conversation with Duncan Castles of the Daily Record. 

Edouard did not feature in Celtic’s Champions League defeat to Hungarian side Ferencvaros last week which saw them crash out of Europe’s elite competition in the second qualifying round.

He also didn’t play in their Scotish Premiership game against Motherwell last weekend. Neil Lennon did not mention the French striker’s name when asked which players had asked to leave the club in the current transfer window. 

It looks like Celtic will try to cash in on him this summer, according to Duncan Castles of the Daily Record. The Scottish side are out of the Champions League and so have a big revenue blackhole on top of the financial turmoil brought on by the pandemic. 

A number of clubs in the Premier League are interested in signing the player. West Ham and Aston Villa are believed to be keen on Edouard but have reportedly been told that if he were to move, he would be headed to one of England’s top clubs. 

Alexander Lacazette’s future at Arsenal looks uncertain. He has two years remaining on his current deal and there has been no indication that he will be signing a new contract. Atletico Madrid are believed to be interested in making a move for the 29 year old.

If he were to depart, the Gunners would want to sign a striker to replace him. It looks like the 22 year old is among their list of targets should they need to bring in a centre forward in the current transfer window. 

The French striker signed for Celtic on loan from Paris Saint Germain in August 2017. The Scottish side had the option to make the move permanent for £8 million which they exercised. Since signing for the club, Edouard has scored 64 goals and provided 32 assists in 130 appearances. 

Last season, he scored 27 goals and provided 19 assists in 45 appearances. It is unclear what price Celtic would be willing to sell the player for if they were indeed interested in selling him this summer. 

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