Odsonne Edouard on Lyon’s radar as Celtic braced for transfer interest next summer | Football | Sport
When Celtic signed Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2018 it was described as the biggest transfer in the club’s history.
The 21-year-old signed a four year deal after sealing his £8million move from the Ligue 1 champions.
The striker was initially on a season-long loan deal with the Parkhead club prior to making his move permanent and during that season scored nine goals and provided three assists in the league.
However, in the Hoops last season the youngster improved on his tally, as he found the back the net 22 times and also provided eight assists in 52 appearances for Celtic in all competitions.
The player’s progress saw him rewarded will a call up to the France under-21s and over his last two appearances for his country he continued to demonstrate his eye for goal, when he scored four goals.
Edouard scored two after coming off the bench against Albania before grabbing another brace as France beat the Czech Republic 3-1 on Monday.
However, Lyon could face competition for his signature as Edouard was close to leaving the club before the transfer window closed on September 2, with Monaco reportedly having agreed personal terms with the French club.
According to French publication L’Equipe, Monaco had agreed a contract in principle with the player but the deal fell through after an agreement on a transfer fee between the two clubs could not be agreed.
Edouard has continued his goal scoring form for Celtic this campaign as he has registered six goals and five assists in 11 appearances in all competitions.
If the former PSG academy graduate manages to maintain his form this season it will no doubt be great news for Celtic fans, however, it would also likely increase the chances of his departure next summer if not in January.
Lennon is also among his admirer’s and the Celtic boss has already admitted how he has been impressed with Edouard’s development.
“I think he’s playing brilliantly. Not only his goals but his link up play has been spectacular,” Lennon said after their Europa League win over AIK.
“He has the little bit of something different, he has those magic feet and is deceptive.
“He’s strong and deceptively quick. There is a lot of deceptive things about him as you never know what sort of mood he’s in.
“He really shy, really laconic and he talks to you with his eyes more than anything else.
“With his body language, he’s so laid back but I really enjoy working with him and I enjoy watching him play.
“He brings a lot to the team and a lot of players are thriving off his great play.”