Brighton and Hove Albion are preparing an official bid for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Lowdown: Celtic set for change as 2021/22 gets underway
Facing a rebuilding job of sizeable proportions, new Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou could be desperate to offload wantaway players in order to generate funds to build a team capable of challenging for the Premiership title this season.
Could Celtic now be set to lose another key player after recent developments?
Should Celtic sell Odsonne Edouard this summer?
Yes, time for him to go!
No, keep hold of him!
The Latest: Brighton in for Edouard as White windfall nears
Brighton are now the latest club to be monitoring Edouard as their summer recruitment drive intensifies. The Seagulls are said to be formalising an offer for the 23-year-old, owing to the sizeable £50m windfall which is expected to arrive once centre-back Ben White finalises his proposed move to Arsenal [Daily Express].
Interestingly, the Premier League outfit will need to pay significantly more than Leicester City’s £13m plus £5m in add-ons for the £19,000-a-week Frenchman, with the Foxes eventually abandoning negotiations in favour of a swoop for Patson Daka [Daily Express].
The Verdict: Celtic should sell Edouard this summer
All things considered, this news could come as a positive to the Celtic hierarchy due to the financial circumstances surrounding the Edouard conundrum.
Free to leave Parkhead as an unattached player in June 2022, the Hoops will surely look to recuperate a profit on the £9m they shelled out for the former Paris Saint-Germain ace in 2018 in order to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
Edouard enjoyed a stellar 2020/21 season, registering 28 goal contributions in 40 games with 22 goals and six assists [Transfermarkt].
Furthermore, his propensity to be heavily involved in attacking play is clear for all to see. Across the campaign, he averaged an impressive 3.5 shots on goal per match, creating a regular threat for opposition defences [WhoScored].
Once labelled as ‘magnificent’ by former Hoops manager Neil Lennon [Glasgow Live], Celtic will hope to receive a considerable transfer fee for their prolific centre-forward.
In other news, Celtic have opened talks with this England international.
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