Reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard is good enough for a Premier League top-six club, according to Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker.
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.
However, Crystal Palace and Leeds United have also reportedly emerged as suitors, according to a recent report in The Sun, the Eagles said to be planning a £25million bid.
Leicester City, meanwhile, were linked by the Daily Mail in June, Brendan Rodgers reportedly eager for a reunion with his former player.
Walker commented on the speculation linked Edouard to the above three clubs and suggested that he could do better.
“Edouard won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award and it is no wonder he is attracting a lot of interest,” Walker wrote on Sky Sports.
“Crystal Palace, Leeds and Leicester have all been linked with him but, in my view, he could play for a top-six club in the English Premier League.
“Celtic have him tied up for another few years and he could follow the same path as his predecessor Dembele and go for a sum in excess of £20m.
“He is undoubtedly Celtic’s biggest asset and Lennon will not want to lose him, but it will not be his call.”
Edouard has played for the Glasgow serial winners since the summer of 2017, when he initially joined on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 22-year-old has claimed an impressive 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Hoops appearances, including 27 goals and 19 assists last term.
Celtic’s record signing has been nothing short of sensational since arriving at Parkhead and his £9million fee seems a snip now, but 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 difficult season and, with questions over the futures of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Arteta could possibly need to dip into the market for a new frontman.
The Gunners are still with a shout of finishing in the top six this season and, even if they don’t, the foundations are in place for a much stronger campaign next term – and Edouard would be a great addition to this.