Even if Celtic aren’t in a place where they can spend ridiculous amounts of money on transfer fees and wages, they are still in a great spot financially.
That means the days of poaching their best players from a reduced fee are over, as Arsenal found out last Summer with Kieran Tierney.
The BBC reported that Arsenal paid a fee of £25m to land Tierney, but that was only half the story. The Summer was filled with reports of The Gunners trying to drive that price down, paying it over installments or trying to structure the deal so most of it was bonuses and incentives.
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Eventually they caved and agreed to pay the full price, so The Sun’s report that they want to sign Odsonne Edouard is an interesting one.
Of course Tierney is a great player, but he’s also a left back so players from that position don’t tend to command much of a fee.
Eddy has proven to be a true game-changer – he’s physical, prolific, intelligent and capable of playing at any level. When you add the fact that he’s only 22, then he should be worth so much more.
If you looked at his stats and attributes without taking the team into account it’s easy to see a price tag of up to £100m being placed on his head, but we all know that’s not realistic for a team like Celtic right now.
That being said, a transfer fee of £50m wouldn’t be completely ridiculous, and the Celtic board have already seen that Arsenal will cave to their demands before, so they need to stay strong this Summer if the interest in Eddy get’s serious.
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