Celtic are known to be a selling club as their young stars develop over time, with the likes of Moussa Dembele, Kieran Tierney and Virgil Van Djik coming to mind when it comes to recent examples.
After staving off transfer interest in recent years and even this January window, it now appears that Odsonne Edouard is likely to depart over the summer, albeit getting Celtic a likely hefty transfer profit in doing so.
According to Sport Witness this week, Edouard is reportedly refusing to extend his contract in Glasgow with 18 months left on his deal and is waiting for good offers in the summer. To be very honest, most fans probably saw it coming.
Edouard, who is just 23 years old, has been a massive part of the Hoops’ success since arriving on loan in 2017 from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Helping the side to a domestic treble during his loan season with 11 goals in 29 appearances, he joined on a permanent deal the following year for an estimated club-record fee of £9 million.
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It has always felt like Edouard will leave Celtic next summer
With 78 goals to his name as a Celtic player, he has proven to be by far one of if not the best strikers in Scottish football, leading the league in goals last season as well as being tied for the lead on the current campaign at 11 goals.
A talent such as he is, it should come as no shock to many fans to see this news, as he has been expected for some time now to begin drawing interest from clubs across Europe. After not quite catching the asking price they wanted over the summer, Celtic reportedly slashed his price to a still hefty £25 million in January, which will likely be the asking price if the club were to try and sell him over the summer window.
He had been the rumoured target of many clubs over last summer’s transfer window before an injury setback in November, including clubs like Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
While it will obviously be quite a loss to see the young star’s inevitable departure, his hefty transfer fee should hopefully net Celtic some quality replacements for next year’s campaign, despite the rumoured 40% sell-on clause PSG inserted into his contract.