Celtic prepares record breaking deal for French striker


Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to give Odsonne Edouard a permanent deal and he is set to break the club’s transfer record to acquire him, according to a report.

The club still has to spend more than the £8.55 million they paid Chelsea for Chris Sutton 18 years back.

However, Rodgers remains a big fan of the skilful Paris Saint-Germain striker and is ready to lure him back to Celtic Park.

The France Under-19 international bagged 11 goals in 29 appearances while on loan at Celtic this season, helping the club to a second domestic treble in a row.

He scored the winner as the Bhoys defeated Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox and then a hat-trick against the same opponents in April.

Those performances have inspired Rodgers and his management team to do all they can to get him to sign a permanent deal – despite still having Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele in their ranks.

Citing tweets by Evening Times journalist Alison McConnell, the website claims that Edouard’s buyout clause is £10 million and that Celtic would gladly take that out of their coffers.

McConnell further stated that the Bhoys made an offer of £10 million to Manchester City for Patrick Robert last summer, but the Citizens were now willing to let the player go.

If true, it shows that Rodgers will indeed break the club’s transfer record for the right player. His pursuit of Edouard also put the future of other strikers at the club in question.

Last summer, there were rumours of Dembele’s impending exit from the club and should Rodgers succeed in signing his 20-year-old compatriot, he may feel he should accept a substantial offer for the former.

However, if he stays and Edouard also joins the Bhoys, having all three strikers at the club gives the manager plenty of options as he bids once again to have Celtic succeed in Europe.