John Barnes has claimed in-form Celtic frontman Odsonne Edouard will be heading out the Parkhead door if an offer of between £20-30m comes in for him next summer.
Speaking to BonusCodeBets and reported in The Daily Record, Barnes’ comments may make for unpleasant reading for Hoops fans given how close they are to securing a 10th consecutive domestic honour.
Barnes compared Edouard’s situation to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele in that for all that they might enjoy playing for the Hoops, there is only so much they can achieve before they want to move on.
When asked about Edouard, who has 11 goals in 20 appearances this season, Barnes said:
“Edouard’s a good young player, and as much as players might like playing for clubs like Celtic or Rangers, for their career they will want to move on.
“Celtic will be open to sell for £20m to £30m. With the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele staying at Celtic for a short while before moving on to bigger clubs, Edouard [could] be given a similar opportunity next summer.”
The summer departure of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal for £25m is proof that, if the right bid comes along, every player has their price.
Edouard has been in sensational form for France’s U21 side and if he is to move up to the next level, his next destination may well be in one of Europe’s top leagues.
There is plenty to suggest that Edouard will leave after what will be his third season in Scotland – he has won everything there is to win, scored goals in derbies and in European football.
Given he nearly left this summer, his fortunes seem to be intertwined with that of Dembele’s. The Lyon forward has been targeted by Manchester United amongst others and should he leave, there is every chance that the obvious replacement could be Edouard.
Barnes is right in that Edouard could be looking to move on soon, but the Parkhead side should be looking to demand top dollar for their star player, as there is no guarantee that they could find as good a replacement, regardless of how much they spend.
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