Amid speculation linking Odsonne Edouard with Arsenal, Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that “everyone has a price” and any offers for their players will be considered by the club.
Edouard has claimed an impressive 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Hoops appearances, including 27 goals and 19 assists last term, helping his side to a ninth consecutive title.
The Gunners have been linked with the Celtic talisman for a number of months, a March report in The Mirror claiming he was in Mikel Arteta’s sights for the summer.
Speculation has continued to build, with The Express claiming in May that Arsenal were leading Newcastle United in the race to snap Edouard up.
Crystal Palace were recently reported to have planned a £25million bid after it was initially thought the starting price to open negotiations would be in excess of £30million (The Sun).
While Celtic have not received any offers for any of their players, Lennon acknowledged that his stars could leave for the right price, depending on what will benefit the club the most.
“It is difficult to say, particularly in this climate currently, that a player is not going anywhere, because everyone has a price,” he told reporters, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“Ideally we don’t want to sell our best players and we will remain steadfast on that.
“But if an offer comes in then I’m sure the club will consider it and do the best thing possible for the club going forward.
“But it’s not just hard for me, it’s hard for all managers right now. It will be interesting to see how the market opens up.
“You just don’t know. The English Premier League is not finished yet but when they do they will be starting to look around.
“It might speed up before the new season starts but at the minute we have had no enquiries for any of our players. Nothing at all.”
Celtic’s record signing has been superb since arriving at Parkhead for just £9million, and surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have endured a tricky season and, with questions remaining over the futures of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Arteta could well dip into the market for a new frontman.
Peers and pundits – including Thierry Henry, apparently – are running out of superlatives to send Edouard’s way, and his scoring and assisting record, not to mention his overall game and his attitude, all speak for themselves.
“I spoke to Thierry Henry at the Liverpool vs Leicester City game and he really rates Edouard,” Ally McCoist told the Daily Record in late March.
“He was saying in France in particular (Edouard is admired) and he personally really, really thinks he’s got a chance of going right to the top.”