Celtic v Rangers - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park Celtic s Odsonne Edouard arrives for the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday March 21, 2021. Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xAndrewxMilliganx 58721917

If the report from the Telegraph is believed to be true, Celtic star Odsonne Edouard might join Arsenal this summer in a cut-price deal. The Frenchman has not penned a new contract beyond next year and the Hoops, therefore, might seek a financial gain over losing their prized asset for nothing amid interest from an array of European hotshots.

Although Leicester City and AC Milan are keeping close tabs on the striking sensation, a move to North London would be massive considering the potential attacking overhaul upon completion of the current campaign. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in dreadful form, whereas young Eddie Nketiah seems not to be in Mikel Arteta’s plans having failed to grab his opportunities earlier this season. The England youth international will be a free agent next summer and the club is yet to make a decision over his Emirates future.

Alexandre Lacazette has been the Gunners’ highest scorer this campaign with 15 goals across competitions. However, the 29-year-old, too, is contracted until the summer of 2022 and the management are now cautious as the gamble of handing Aubameyang an improved deal failed miserably.

Why Edouard Is Drawing Interest From Premier League Clubs

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard has fired in 16 league goals so far this term and is leading the chart with three clear of second-placed Kevin Nisbet. The 23-year-old is enjoying a scintillating scoring run with the Les Bleus youth ranks and has netted 83 goals for the Scottish giants since securing a move from Paris St-Germain (initially on loan which was eventually made permanent back in the summer of 2018 for a club-record fee) a few years ago.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is in action against Aberdeen
Celtic v Aberdeen – Scottish Premiership – Celtic Park Celtic s Odsonne Edouard left and Aberdeen s Tommie Hoban battle for the ball during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Saturday February 27, 2021. Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xAndrewxMilliganx 58319201

Arsenal, meanwhile, must win the transfer battle against the Foxes who are in the market for Jamie Vardy’s long-term successor. Brendan Rodgers helped Edouard grow his game during his Celtic regime and a reunion at King Power can’t be ruled out either with the Gunners struggling to secure a European place finish with seven league games remaining.

Current Form Remains A Concern

Having said that, Premier League is a different ball game and the former Bhoys striker Frank McAvennie is sceptical over a high-profile summer transfer.

“I don’t think there’s anything holding him back in terms of ability. He could go to the very top. Does he deserve to go to a big club at the moment? I don’t know. The way he’s played this season he’s let the supporters down and he’s let himself down because he’s better than that.”

The 61-year-old former Scotland international told Glasgow Live.

Celtic endured a disastrous campaign and the hitman ‘French Eddie’ had a mixed run with form and fitness concerns. But his work ethic and prolific goal-scoring traits make him worth the shot for a fee in the region of £20m.

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