Celtic may be preparing themselves for a battle to keep Odsonne Edouard in the summer, with the likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Leicester City all reportedly tracking the striker (Leicestershire Live via The Scottish Daily Mail; 26/2; back page).
In truth, you could understand why Hoops fans may be resigned to losing Edouard. It has been a hugely disappointing season at Parkhead and big changes are set to be made in the summer.
As noted by the Daily Record, Edouard is out of contract next year. So Celtic’s focus may well be on getting the best deal possible rather than actually trying to keep him any longer.
So with that in mind, here is a look at three players – one from each of Arsenal, Villa and Leicester – that Celtic should demand in return should any come calling with a bid for the Frenchman.
Arsenal: Reiss Nelson
Reiss Nelson’s future at the Emirates looks to be uncertain. He appears to have fallen out of favour lately, recently playing for the under-23s rather than being involved in the first-team squad.
The Sun recently claimed that offers will be considered for Nelson this summer. It is almost a year since Mikel Arteta described Nelson as ‘special’ (via London Evening Standard). So he would be an amazing signing for a Celtic side that lack quality out wide right now.
Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane
Conor Hourihane may well be on the move this summer. The 30-year-old is currently on loan at Swansea. Like Edouard, his contract expires in 2022 (via Transfermarkt).
The versatile midfielder has scored four goals since joining the Swans in January. And he appears to have an affection for the Hoops having previously expressed a hatred for their bitter rivals (via The Scottish Sun).
Leicester City: Filip Benkovic
Filip Benkovic is the obvious name from the Leicester ranks. Of course, he previously enjoyed a loan spell at Parkhead shortly after his £13 million move to the Foxes (via The Sun).
Celtic were reportedly in talks to sign Benkovic again in January, according to Sky Sports. No move would take place, but the Bhoys should certainly ask again this summer.