Celtic are on track to get a £20m plus transfer fee for Odsonne Edouard and there are numerous clubs around Europe interesting in signing the French under 21 goalscorer from Celtic. And while clubs like Roma are very keen on Edouard he is still more likely to join up with his former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City according to the informed conversation this lunchtime on the unmissable Celtic Huddle Podcast.
Today’s guests on the podcast hosted by former Celtic full-back Mark Wilson were simon Donnelly, Alan Stubbs and journalist John McGarry and it was the man from the Scottish Daily Mail who provided the update on a transfer that he reckons will happen sooner rather than later.
The Podcast also ran a live Poll asking viewers where Edouard should play for Celtic again and 62% of votes cast opted for the ‘No’ option amid criticism on the show from the former Celtic players for the French striker’s on-field attitude on Sunday and indeed throughout the season, something that Wilson worries might actually have an impact of the transfer fee that Celtic can expect to make on the player.
Remember too that Edouard was signed from PSG for around £10m and the French side has a sell-on interest in the transfer fee that Celtic bring in.
“Despite his display at the weekend there is no doubting the guy’s class and ability, that’s beyond dispute,” the Daily Mail journalist John McGarry told The Celtic Huddle Podcast this lunchtime.
“There are enough clubs interested in him, that I think that Celtic will still get a reasonable fee, probably something north of £20m for him.
“Obviously they outlaid half of that to PSG when he signed, I think that there is a sell-on clause, it wouldn’t leave an enormous profit but it would still allow them to view it as a good deal over the piece,” the Scottish Daily Mail man continued.
“From what I’m told Leicester are still the keenest of the clubs, Roma are still in the mix as well. There are a number of German and English teams who are interested in him. I think that Leicester with the obvious connection to Rodgers would be the favoured destination at the moment.”
Wilson, as a former Celtic full-back could not believe just how bad the two Celtic full-backs who started on Sunday were and in particular he highlighted the lack of interest from Diego Laxalt that resulted in Celtic losing easily avoidable goals. Not sure about Edouard not playing again but certainly agree that Laxalt should never again be seen wearing the Hoops.
Another good point made by Wilson, remembering his own time at Celtic, was that loan signings were often disinterested in the fall-out from bad results as they knew that it wasn’t their problem as they’d be heading back to their parent clubs.
Celtic in recent seasons sold two full-backs for around £36.5m and ended up going out of the Scottish Cup with two loan players Laxalt and Kenny starting and being the main reasons that the game was lost.
Here’s today’s Celtic Huddle Podcast – it’s a great listen…