The Daily Mirror reported over the weekend that Leeds United are planning to join the race to sign Odsonne Edouard this summer should the Whites seal promotion to the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in a strong position in the Championship. They need another 10 points from their final five games to get across the line.
But even if they manage to go up, there will surely be many who have serious doubts about their chances of signing Edouard.
The Frenchman has been hugely impressive during his time at Celtic. And The Sun reported at the weekend that the bidding for his signature could start at £25 million.
It would not be a surprise if there were a host of Premier League clubs hoping to beat Leeds to Edouard’s signature.
But perhaps there may be one rival player who may not be too disappointed if Bielsa’s side secure promotion and celebrate by nabbing Edouard.
The Daily Mirror reported in March that Arsenal also want Edouard.
Edouard would certainly be an exciting addition to Mikel Arteta’s ranks. But it may not necessarily be the best news for former Leeds loanee Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah looks set to be able to reflect on this season as being his breakout campaign after impressing on loan at Leeds during the first-half of the season before forcing his way into Arteta’s plans upon his return.
His time at Leeds may have ended prematurely due to his lack of minutes, but the loan spell surely played its part in helping Nketiah prove that he was ready for a chance at the highest level.
He has since made six league starts for the Gunners. And he will surely be looking for many more during Arteta’s first full season at the helm.
However, Edouard’s arrival would surely deal a blow to his hopes of playing regularly and perhaps one day becoming the talisman for the Gunners up front.
He may welcome the challenge. And of course, Arteta would probably still be able to get both players in his team if Edouard joined the club.
But perhaps there is also a chance that Nketiah may not be too disappointed if he does not have to worry about a new rival coming in this summer.
And, based on the latest reports, that may be where his former club come to the rescue.