'He'll be playing at the very highest level': Teammate hails Arsenal-linked striker, £25m reported value
Reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard has been tipped by colleague and compatriot Christopher Jullien to play at “the very highest level” over the course of his career (Daily Record).
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).
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 Celtic duo are yet to win a senior cap for France, largely due to the world-class talent currently in the ranks, but Jullien is sure the 6ft 2in ace will join Didier Deschamps’ setup soon.
“Odsonne does a lot for the team and we all know it. I just know that he is going to try to put his name into Celtic by his way,” the defender told the Daily Record.
“I know that one day, he’ll be playing at the very highest level. Odsonne can get to the Euros next year. Definitely.”
Celtic’s record signing has been nothing short of sensational since arriving at Parkhead and his 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 tricky season and, with questions over the futures of both Aubameyang and Lacazette, Mikel Arteta could well dip into the market for a new frontman.
Peers and pundits are running out of superlatives to send Edouard’s way, and his scoring and assisting record speaks for itself – he is ready for a big career move, and Arsenal, a club eager to get back to the top table, seem like a great fit for him.