The sale of Odsonne Edouard to Crystal Palace has been hailed as ‘brilliant business’ for Celtic’.
Those are the words of former Sunderland hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking to Football Insider.
A Celtic source has told the publication that add-ons could take the fee, initially £15million, as high as £20million.
That would make the sale of Edouard, who netted 86 goals in 179 appearances for the Hoops, the second most lucrative in Celtic’s history behind Kieran Tierney (£24.3million).
Celtic were in an ostensibly weak negotiating position because the Frenchman was into the final 12 months of his contract. He would have been entitled to strike a pre-contract agreement come January and leave on a free transfer.
Phillips was full of praise for Celtic, who banked a total of £34.2million from the sales of Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Jack Hendry.
“Brilliant business,” he said. “From the Celtic point of view, it’s given them the licence to spend a bit more when bringing those other players into the club.
“It’s a good deal all round.”
What’s potentially most impressive most of all is the fact Celtic have signed an exciting replacement for a fraction of the fee.
Of course, Celtic don’t want to be a club who celebrate the sales of their best players, but it’s hard to see the cycle being broken with the money on offer south of the border.
In other news, a sell-on clause has emerged after a deadline day move.
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