The report stated that the Seagulls are the latest club to show an interest in the Frenchman, whom Hoops manager Neil Lennon hopes will remain in Glasgow for another season but has been deemed unlikely to sign a new contract at Celtic beyond his current deal which expires in 2022. Therefore, the Scottish champions may be open to selling him prior to then.
Edouard netted a hat-trick in Celtic’s first Premiership match of the season last week, following on from the 27 goals that he struck in the 2019/20 campaign. He has been more than just a penalty box poacher, too, with an impressive tally of 19 assists last season as well.
While there may be an inclination among some cynics to dismiss him as a flat-track bully in a league that his club have dominated since 2012, the 22-year-old has proven that he can rise to the big occasion – he scored three times in the Hoops’ Europa League campaign, including in both legs of the last 32 tie against eventual quarter-finalists FC Copenhagen, as well as in both league fixtures against arch-rivals Glasgow Rangers (as per TransferMarkt).
Brighton have not been reluctant to spend big on attackers who they feel would given them a greater threat up front – they lavished £15.3m on Jurgen Locadia, £17.1m on Alireza Jahanbakhsh and £18m on Leandro Trossard, with their joint-record transfer fee of £20m paid to Neal Maupay last summer (as per TransferMarkt). A return of 10 goals in last season’s Premier League from the ex-Brentford man has shown the latter fee to be money well spent.
It would be quite a show of faith in Edouard if Brighton were to not only smash their transfer record, but to raise it by 50%, in order to sign a striker who ex-Celtic manager Martin O’Neill described as the Hoops’ best attacker since the legendary Henrik Larsson, who scored 242 goals in 315 matches at the club prior to leaving in 2004.
Would you take Odsonne Edouard for £30m at Brighton?
That comparison illustrates the massive esteem that the 22-year-old has earned from his sharp-shooting feats at Parkhead and, if Brighton could see off rivals for his signature and bring him to the Amex Stadium, it would represent a massive statement of intent from the Sussex outfit.
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