Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is subject of interest from Crystal Palace, who are considering making a formal approach for his services, as reported by The Guardian.
The Lowdown: Edouard has been a key figure for Celtic since joining in 2017
Since arriving from Paris St Germain in 2017 on an initial loan basis, it is fair to say that Edouard has been a smash hit in Glasgow, racking up 125 goal contributions in 179 games for the Bhoys, with 86 goals and 39 assists to his name [Transfermarkt].
Becoming one of the most prolific players in Scottish football, he has previously been labelled as ‘excellent’ by now Celtic captain Callum McGregor in 2020 [Celtic FC].
However, such admiration will eventually breed suitors. With the transfer window about to close, could the Hoops be set to lose their star striker?
Would Edouard be a big miss for Celtic?
The Latest: Crystal Palace are considering a formal approach
Eyeing up forward reinforcements, Crystal Palace are believed to be contemplating making an official bid for the France under-21 international, as per The Guardian.
Edouard is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, with the Hoops reportedly seeking a fee of around £15m for his signature. Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton have also been mentioned as two alternative destinations if the 6 foot 2 predator is to move on to pastures new.
The Verdict: Celtic should reluctantly sell Edouard to make a profit
As Edouard looks unlikely to sign a new deal at Parkhead amid reports that he is even prepared to let his contract run down [Daily Mail], making a profit of around £6m on him from the £9m fee for which Celtic initially bought him would be good business by the club’s hierarchy.
The 23-year-old has started off the new season in decent form, registering five goal contributions in 11 fixtures, with three goals and two assists [Transfermarkt].
On the plus side for Celtic, they appear to have made strategic contingency plans for what seems like the inevitable eventuality of Edouard leaving the club, with 2020/21 Eredivisie top scorer Georgios Giakoumakis likely to complete a deal in the coming days [The Scottish Sun].
Losing Edouard would be a big blow for Celtic, but it is probably the right time for both parties to go their separate ways.
In other news, Celtic look to have reached an agreement with a prodigious talent. Find out more here.
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