Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is said to be on Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta’s wish-list when it comes to his summer recruitment plans — and one significant figure in the goal-getter’s professional life has no doubt the marksman can cut the mustard in the Premier League.
France under-21 ace Edouard has been pulling up trees for the Hoops this season as they march on to yet another Scottish Premier League title (well they will “march on” should the football season resume anyway).
And today he has been linked with a switch from the Bhoys to the Gunners ahead of the new campaign with speculation rife that he will be drafted in for a fee of around £30million.
Arteta may have a gaping hole in his front line if star man Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang quits the north London cub. The Gabon hitman has only a year of his contract remaining and he is said to be eyeing one last big move. Premier League rivals Manchester United and Spanish powerhouse Barcelona are said to be in the hunt for the lightning-quick attacker’s signature.
Edouard signed for the Parkhead outfit on 31 August 2017 on a season-long loan deal from PSG and made the move permanent on 15 June 2018, when he penned a four-year deal for a fee said to be in the region of £9million, reportedly the highest in their history.
And it may well be that Arteta sees Edouard, who is aged 22, as the man to come in and fill that significant gap. Certainly, Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes his player has all the requisite skills to flourish in the top-flight in England.
“He could play in the Premier League and Champions League, no question, with the form he is in. At 22, he has it all in front of him. I just hope he keeps getting better and better with us. I don’t know if we can keep him. We have had no enquiries for him but I am sure somewhere down the line for someone of that quality there will be.”
Celtic fan Marcus Sheldon says whoever ends up with the striker will be a better attacking threat because of his presence. He said:
“Edouard is an unbelievable talent and you can understand entirely why clubs with much bigger budgets than ours are looking to make an investment in his ability. He has all that he needs to be a big success at the very top level. They say the fee is around £30million and to my mind that is very, very cheap, believe me. I hope we can keep him, of course, but, realistically, I think he will move on and if he does we will wish him well.”