Celtic will demand a ‘big money’ permanent deal for Odsonne Edouard or ‘nothing’, Italian transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has told Give Me Sport.
Romano says that Inter Milan pursued a loan move for the French striker last summer but were rebuffed by Celtic.
2020 Inter move was ‘impossible’ for Edouard
Romano expects the former Paris Saint-Germain striker to push for a move, with no shortage of suitors.
“Last summer he close to leaving Celtic but decided to stay, but now it’s time to decide for a new club probably,” the journalist said.
“Let’s see if the right bid will arrive, we have to respect Celtic because they’re doing an amazing job with him.
“Last summer Inter were thinking of Edouard as a backup option for Lukaku, but then it was impossible because Celtic wanted a permanent deal and they were offering a loan with an option to buy.
“Also Roma are interested in him… so there are a lot of opportunities for him.”
‘At the moment there is not a price’ for Edouard, Romano says
Celtic apparently have no set fee in mind for the 23-year-old, who has scored 16 goals in 12 caps for France at under-21 level, but a ‘big and important’ bid will compel the Hoops to sell him and duly enable them to reinvest in their squad.
“If someone wants the player they have to arrive and negotiate, but at the moment there is not a price they have decided because they are happy with the player,” Romano said.
“Normally you put a price when you want to sell a player, they would love to keep him, but probably with big and important bids, they need to sell him.”
Transfer Tavern verdict
How much, then, Celtic will eventually demand?
Celtic are under some pressure to sell given that, from next January, the player would be free to negotiate a free transfer with other clubs. However, what may aid them is added competition potentially leading to a bidding war.
This could theoretically push offers close to £20m.
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