Arsenal are involved in a transfer race for the signature of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to The Telegraph.
The 23-year-old is a product of the academy at Paris Saint-Germain. He played for France at different youth levels, winning the Under-17 European Championship in 2015, but he hasn’t earned a senior cap yet. After being promoted to the first team at PSG in the summer of 2016, he had a brief loan spell with Toulouse. A few months after his return, he joined Celtic, also on an initial temporary deal, which was turned into a permanent one in 2018 for a fee of just under £10 million.
Since then, the striker has gone on to score 81 goals and assist 36 more in 161 appearances for the Scottish club, helping them win three Scottish Premierships, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups. His high-quality performances have been attracting attention for a while now, and it seems several clubs are set to do battle to to prize him away from Celtic. His contract is about to enter its final 12 months, which means the club will likely agree to a sale at a reasonable price unless a new deal is agreed between now and the opening of the transfer window.
Arsenal’s rivals for Edouard’s signature are Leicester City, who appear to be searching for a long-term successor to Jamie Vardy and aiming to boost their attacking ranks ahead of a likely Champions League campaign next season. Apparently, the Foxes are currently the favourites in the race, but the Gunners haven’t given up either. There are several ‘top clubs’ from the continent involved as well. It is believed that a bid between £15m and £20m would be enough to satisfy Celtic’s demands.
Much like Edouard at Celtic, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are entering the final year of their contracts at Arsenal, and the report claims that there are plans afoot to overhaul the attacking section. Against all odds, Folarin Balogun is reportedly set to sign a new contract, whether to be given a first-team chance next term or to head out on loan, remains to be seen.