Kevin Campbell has predicted that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will move away from Parkhead this summer despite a breakdown in talks with Leicester City.
The Lowdown: Postecoglou 2021/22 rebuild begins in earnest
Expecting to considerably rejig his squad throughout the summer transfer window, Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou will be keen to formulate a side capable of challenging for the Premiership title this season.
High-profile outgoings are expected to be a key element of this regeneration. Kristoffer Ajer looks set to complete a £13.5m move to Brentford, whilst Ryan Christie has been linked with a move to Sampdoria in recent days.
Another man who has been linked with a Celtic Park exit is 23-year-old Edouard, who was in discussions with Leicester before stumbling blocks curtailed the switch [Foxes of Leicester].
Since then, the Hoops have completed the signing of forward Kyogo Furuhashi from J-League outfit Vissel Kobe [celticfc.com].
Should Celtic sell Edouard this summer?
The Latest: Campbell believes Edouard exit ‘is going to happen’
In light of the Japan international’s arrival, Campbell believes that it is only a matter of time before Edouard leaves Celtic. The former Arsenal striker told Football Insider:
“I’ll be honest with you, it is going to happen.
“Edouard will want it to happen pretty quickly and I think the reason it has taken a little bit longer is because the move to Leicester fell through. I thought he was going to go and play under Brendan Rodgers again.
“He will be worried about getting injured in pre-season because if you’re injured you have to toe the line. But I think he will be alright, and I think he will get his move in the end.”
The Verdict: Edouard sale this summer makes sense for Celtic
Contractually, the 1.87m (6 foot 2) maestro is free to leave the Scottish giants for nothing at the end of May 2022. Inevitably, this dynamic probably means that the Bhoys will look to sell Edouard in order to recuperate a profit on the £9m they paid for him in 2018 [Sky Sports].
In 2020/21, he registered an impressive 28 goal contributions in 40 appearances, with 22 goals and six assists to his name [Transfermarkt]. His intent to regularly be involved in attack is admirable, averaging 3.5 shots per game in the Premiership across the campaign [WhoScored].
However, Celtic should look to sell the talented striker now in order to avoid losing him for free next summer, so Campbell’s premonition of a short wait for Edouard to get his move elsewhere could well come to pass.
In other news, Celtic have opened talks with this £130,000-a-week ace
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