Speaking to Football Insider, former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan has praised Celtic’s transfer policy surrounding past key players in response to Arsenal’s reported interest in star attacker Odsonne Edouard.
According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Edouard is being targeted by Arsenal regardless of whether current hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves in the summer. The Frenchman, who has scored 60 goals and assisted 31 others in all competitions for the Hoops since arriving in June 2018 for a club record fee, is reportedly a hot target for the Gunners as they bid to strengthen their forward line.
This season Edouard, who is valued at £13.5 million, has continued his fine goalscoring form, bagging 27 goals and 19 assists (Transfermarkt) – with his prolific nature enticing Mikel Arteta’s interest. However, even if Celtic do have to face the prospect of letting Edouard go, pundit Whelan insists it isn’t all doom and gloom considering their transfer policy.
“They have always found someone. Their scouting network is fantastic,” explained Whelan to Football Insider.
“You look at Van Dijk and certain players that have come in and out of that football club and Celtic have got it right. They notice a player, get him, groom him and when the time is right and they have done their part they sell them on for a very healthy fee. That keeps the club sustainable.
“They have had amazing transfers. They always seem to find that gem.”
Indeed, with Premier League interest proving to be a real tractor beam for key Celtic men in the past, Whelan’s verdict could potentially spell a real positive in the form of the club’s past recruitment success.
Whilst it would be a blow to lose Edouard to Arsenal, history suggests that they will be able to identify and sign a more than capable replacement.
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