Things are beginning to get going in what is going to be an eleventh hour race to sign Celtic’s French Under 21 striker Odsonne Edouard. Today there’s reported interest and importantly news of bids for French Eddie from Russian side Rubin Kazan with a French club (Bordeaux) also set to pitch in with a counter offer for the Celtic goalscorer.
Celtic seemingly have their replacement on stand-by, anticipating interest in the closing stages of the window for the want away talisman who came off the bench against AZ Alkmaar last night to steady the ship and help see Celtic through to the Europa League Group stages where they will face Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencvaros (yes, them again!).
That replacement is Georgios Giakoumakis, the third of our Likely Lads with the other two, Josip Juranovic and Liam Scales, already signed, just as we predicted. We also told you that Giakoumakis’ signing could be conditional on the sale of Edouard going through, although as the days have gonet by this looked like it might just happen regardless.
But with Celtic unable to convince Edouard to sign a new deal at the club, and remember he wanted to leave a year ago, it’s now looking like he will be away in the coming days. Celtic’s asking price appears to have dropped as they look to recoup their initial investment in the player which was around £9m. PSG also have a sell-on clause on that transfer so while the profit might not be huge, at least the initial investment is coming back into the club with a modest profit on top – and some excellent service from Odsonne while he wore the Hoops. Frustratingly the price now appears lower that what Leicester City, managed by former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, was prepared to pay earlier in the summer.
So Odsonne’s last game for the club could very well be on Sunday where he’ll be looking to go out with a BANG!
Rubin Kazan have made €18m offer for Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard. Proposing to pay in three instalments of €10m and €4m and €4m over 12 months. Bordeaux also willing to pay €18m for the player.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 27, 2021
Odsonne Edouard update. Rubin Kazan in with a 18 million euro offer. That could tempt Celtic. Wages unlikely to be a problem. Bordeaux may counter but will now need to.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 27, 2021
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Rubin Kazan have submitted a £15.4M bid for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
Wages are unlikely to be an issue here.
Bordeaux are also seriously interested however it’d require a record offer to match the Russians bid.
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) August 27, 2021