Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker believes that reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard is worth around £15million at present.
The Gunners are believed to have had the Celtic star on their radar for a number of months, and are apparently still keen on his signature this year.
According to a Goal.com report from December, Arsenal have been scouting Edouard extensively with a view to a potential approach in 2021.
Mikel Arteta has reportedly been looking to strengthen his attacking options in the summer amid uncertainty over Alexandre Lacazette’s future.
The 23-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season, and the Celtic hierarchy hasn’t managed to persuade him to sign a new deal yet.
Celtic have endured a nightmare season this term, and Edouard hasn’t quite been at his very best, but he’s still managed 17 goals and four assists in all competitions.
The Scottish champions are 21 points behind leaders Rangers, albeit with two games in hand.
Walker thinks the club should be already planning for next season, and he feels Edouard won’t be part of the rebuilding job.
“Odsonne Edouard realises that he’s got ability and is worth a lot of money,” he told Sky Sports. “How much? I’m not sure, as he’s not been firing on all cylinders.
“Let’s say they paid £9m for him but any player who switches off – I think that’s alarming for any potential suitor.
“I know that it’s your job as the manager and the coaching staff to keep players on board but Edouard, Ntcham and a few others didn’t get the moves that they were expecting last summer.
“Neil Lennon highlighted as much after the defeat to Ferencvaros. He wanted players to just leave, but that was just one of the problems that Celtic had at the start of the season.
“Edouard didn’t appear totally committed, and I think now he realises it’s not so long until the summer transfer window.
“He’ll get his move now, so how much money will Celtic get for him? It all depends on how much they’re willing to accept, but if they got anything around £15m now I think you’re absolutely doing business.”
Edouard hasn’t been amazing this season and he’s normally a lot better than this – last term, he registered 28 goals and 19 assists from 47 Celtic games, not to mention a staggering France Under-21 tally of 11 goals from six games.
Sylvain Ripoll, who coaches Les Bleuets, suggested to the Glasgow Times last August that Edouard – a player who’s”very skilful in small spaces” and with “fantastic dribbling ability” – would need to leave Celtic to go to the next level.
The Frenchman, who Celtic boss Neil Lennon has previously deemed “magnificent“, is surely destined for a big move elsewhere – and Arsenal would certainly be a good shout, certainly £15million, a price which, though hypothetical at present, would constitute a huge bargain.