Arsenal reportedly hope to be able to talk Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard into joining them even though Leicester City are still the favourites.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and St. Mirren at Celtic Park on March 07, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and St. Mirren at Celtic Park on March 07, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Odsonne Edouard for a while now and it does seem as if they will miss out on his signature to Leicester City.

They are, it seems, still hopeful, however, that they can talk the striker into joining:

The Telegraph’s Sam Dean writes, “Arsenal still hope to convince Odsonne Edouard to join them this summer, although Leicester remain the favourites to sign the 23yo. A fee in the region of £15-20m should be enough. #AFC spending power to be affected by sales/final few weeks of the season.”

With Alexandre Lacazette likely to leave as he enters the last year of his contract and Folarin Balogun signing a new four year deal on the basis of promises over playing time, you do wonder what the club are thinking about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future, especially given Gabriel Martinelli’s presence at the club already.

The 23-year-old Edouard has 20 goals and five assists in 35 games this season after a haul of 28 goals and 19 assists in 47 games last season.

On 14 March it was reported that Arsenal were in talks with Celtic over the signing of forward Odsonne Edouard to replace Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

PERTH, SCOTLAND: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates with teammate Tomas Rogic after scoring their team's second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St. Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
PERTH, SCOTLAND: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates with teammate Tomas Rogic after scoring their team’s second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St. Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Arsenal set to let Alexandre Lacazette go and both Roma and Barcelona said to be interested in the striker, Arsenal are on the hunt to replace him.

Odsonne Edouard is a player who has been linked with Arsenal for quite some time now and it seems as if this could be the summer the club are going to move.

The report, which was in sport.fr but relaying some information from the Daily Mail, say, “As revealed this week, Arsenal executives reportedly have no plans to extend Alexandre Lacazette’s contract, which ends in June 2022. And to avoid seeing him leave for free next year, the Gunners are keen to sell the former Lyonnais from this summer.

“Then there is the question of replacing Lacazette in the event of the striker leaving at the end of the season. But according to information from the Daily Mail, the [team] currently 10th in the Premier League already has a little idea behind its head.

“Indeed, the London club would make the former Parisian Odsonne Edouard its priority. The Gunners are said to be already in contact with Celtic Glasgow, who are demanding at least 25 million euros to let the 23-year-old French go.

“He has scored 21 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions this season at Celtic Park.”

Just recently it was claimed that Leicester were actually close to a £15m deal to bring the player to the Premier League.

Arsenal have already apparently offered £22.5m although it was later denied that there had been any contact between the two clubs.

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