Reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard has been described by Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker as a potential “bargain” for any leading Premier League club as “he’s that good”.
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 continued to build heading towards the summer, with The Express claiming in May that Arsenal were leading Newcastle United in the race to snap Edouard up.
In July, Crystal Palace were 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 63 goals and 31 assists in 127 Hoops appearances, including 27 goals and 19 assists last term, helping his side to a ninth consecutive title.
This season, meanwhile, the 22-year-old couldn’t have got off to a better start, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 Scottish Premiership opening-day win over Hamilton.
“There’s a style and panache about Edouard that sets him apart from the rest,” Walker told Sky Sports.
“Absolutely, he could play in the Premier League or anywhere else in Europe for that matter. I think he’d be a huge success at one of the top-six clubs in England.
“At 22, his game will only improve and I suppose the biggest wish for Celtic fans is that their French Eddy stays as long as the magical Swede Larsson did, but I think it’s highly unlikely.
“Whilst hoping Edouard stays at Celtic for at least another season, he would prove to be a bargain for any of the big boys at the top of the Premier League if they took a chance and signed him now – he’s that good.”
Celtic’s record signing has been superb since his £9million move, and surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
With questions remaining over the futures of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta may be having to keep an eye out on possible reinforcements.
Peers and pundits – including Thierry Henry, apparently – are running out of superlatives to send Edouard’s way, and his scoring and assisting record, not to mention his overall game and his attitude, all speak for themselves.
“I spoke to Thierry Henry at the Liverpool vs Leicester City game and he really rates Edouard,” Ally McCoist told the Daily Record in late March.
“He was saying in France in particular (Edouard is admired) and he personally really, really thinks he’s got a chance of going right to the top.”