Inter Milan have re-joined the race for Celtic star man Odsonne Edouard, according to Calcio Mercato.
Barring a miracle, Celtic will almost certainly lose the striker in the upcoming transfer window. Contractually, the Frenchman currently has only 12 months left on his Parkhead deal [Transfermarkt].
Celtic will surely look to profit on their initial £9 million Edouard outlay, mainly to prevent the embarrassment of losing him for nothing next year [BBC].
Despite not hitting the high standards of his glorious 2019/20 season, the France Under-21 international still registered a commendable 22 goals in 40 games in the 2020/21 campaign [Transfermarkt].
Leicester City, AC Milan and Arsenal have held long standing admiration for Edouard’s talent [Leicester Mercury].
However, fresh developments suggest Serie A champions Inter Milan could now make their move [Sempre Milan].
Facing the possibility of losing frontman Romelu Lukaku amid attention from Chelsea [EuroSport], the Nerazzurri see Edouard as a financially viable prospective replacement who could fill the Belgian’s shoes [Calcio Mercato].
Demonstrating his attacking threat, the former Paris Saint Germain youth averages 3.5 shots on goal per 90 minutes [WhoScored].
Verdict: The Inter Milan interest in Edouard is positive, it could mean Celtic receive a substantial fee
Fundamentally, the attention from the Italian giants is a positive for the Celts and driving a potential bidding war should be a priority. Consequentially, the money obtained for Edouard’s signature could go a long way to revamping a depleted playing squad.
It is easy to see why former boss Neil Lennon labelled Edouard as an “outstanding, talented player”, due to his diverse range of offensive attributes [National], but at this point the focus should only be on getting the maximum profit to reinvest into the squad.
An iconic Parkhead figure, it’s fair to say his contribution will not be forgotten should Edouard move on after four successful years at the club.
In other news, Celtic are set to miss out on a landmark appointment.
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