Odsonne Edouard

Below you can find all the stories linking Arsenal with a move for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard

Odsonne Edouard is a 23-year-old centre-forward born in Kourou in French Guiana who holds French citizenship.

A right-footed forward, Odsonne Edouard is currently valued at around £13.5m and is under contract with Celtic until 2022.

In the 19/20 season, Odsonne Edouard scored 28 and assisted 19 in 47 games, a rate of exactly one goal or assist per game.

He currently reportedly earns around £19,500-per-week and will probably end up at Leicester.

19/10/20

No contact from Arsenal for Edouard yet despite reported interest

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 on February 20, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Despite reports of Arsenal interest in Odsonne Edouard, they didn’t make contact with Celtic over the player this summer, according to a report.

The Athletic report that whilst Arsenal are reportedly keen on Odsonne Edouard, they didn’t make contact over the player. This follows Neil Lennon seemingly shooting down reports linking the 22-year-old with a move to Arsenal last month.

Currently absent due to coronavirus, Edouard is up to six goals this campaign. He also has one assist in his first 10 games of the new season, as well as two goals in two for the France u21s on international duty.

Ian McGarry on The Transfer Window Podcast claimed Edouard’s progress was drawing multiple bids from Arsenal. However, Lennon and The Athletic believe this is just the usual media gossip.

“That’s the nature of the window but it’s not at the forefront of my mind,” Lennon said. “We have lots of games to play and we want all the players here. The club will do everything in their power to make sure that happens.

“I’m not aware of interest in Odsonne – it’s all just speculation. We want to keep him here. We know what a talent he is but also how important this season is for the club and the supporters.”

In our coverage of the Edouard rumours, we pointed out that it’s very unlikely Arsenal would sign the player without selling first. As much as anything else, the club just didn’t have many non-homegrown spots available.

But perhaps just as importantly, finances were tight. Arsenal were always much more likely to put their money towards a midfielder like Thomas Partey. That was the priority.

Maybe if Alexandre Lacazette left, they might’ve pushed for a striker at that stage. But he didn’t, so they didn’t.

09/10/20

Arsenal still interested in 3 of their pre-summer targets

GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 27: Patson Daka of RB Salzburg celebrates scoring a goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League group E match between KRC Genk and RB Salzburg at Luminus Arena on November 27, 2019 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GENK, BELGIUM: Patson Daka of RB Salzburg celebrates scoring a goal on November 27, 2019. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Arsenal still hold an interest in three of their pre-summer targets for upcoming windows, but it all depends on how the season goes now.

Football.London report that despite the interest in Houssem Aouar this summer, Arsenal have other targets for future transfer windows.

For the creative midfield role, they remain on the case of Dominik Szoboszlai. Scouts regularly watch the player in Red Bull Salzburg games and view him as someone who can operate in more central areas than his current role on the left. However, Napoli and RB Leipzig are also in the race.

Up front, Arsenal are looking at Patson Daka and Odsonne Edouard. They didn’t make a move over the summer, with Alexandre Lacazette remaining at the club with no serious bids to tempt him away. But that could change next year.

 

All this depends on how this season goes. Arsenal can’t use the Amatic slots for real money like you can. But if fans return soon, the team shoot up the table and qualify for the Champions League, as well as going deep in the cup competitions and the Europa League, they’ll have a lot more to spend.

If they finish as low in the league table as last season without any fans in the stands and don’t even end up with a trophy, next summer’s business will be tricky.

Given the decent start to the season and the addition of Thomas Partey, we hope that won’t happen. But it’s up to Mikel Arteta and the players now.

13/09/20

Arsenal offer Celtic £22.5m with add-ons for Edouard

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: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Arsenal are upping their offer to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic this window, according to reports, with their current bid totalling £22.5m including add-ons.

Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast this week, Ian McGarry claimed Arsenal have placed a second bid for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

The Gunners are reportedly offering £20m, with add-ons up to the value of £2.5m. However, as with the Kieran Tierney transfer last summer, they’re planning to pay the fee in instalments over four years.

Arsenal initially made an offer of £15m, but Celtic rejected it. According to previous reports, they’re willing to go as high as €25m for the forward.

Celtic are trying to fill the financial hole left by their failure to qualify for Champions League football this summer, so a deal isn’t impossible. I still think it heavily relies on Arsenal selling Alexandre Lacazette first, though.

It just doesn’t seem likely the Gunners invest in another striker whilst they still have Lacazette. The club also have Eddie Nketiah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and bigger problems to deal with in midfield.

But with Aubameyang close to a new contract, it’s not impossible Arsenal are thinking about moving Lacazette on.

He scored 11 goals in his first campaign, 22 in his second and 27 in the third before COVID ended it early. He also has four goals in four games in the early stage of this season.

Last update: 3 September 2020

Odsonne Edouard remains a top target for Arsenal this summer, who are showing huge interest in the 22-year-old Celtic striker.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic scores his team's third goal during 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: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic scores his team’s third goal on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Daily Record report that Edouard remains a top target for Arsenal. Celtic aren’t keen to sell, particularly as they attempt to win their 10th consecutive league title. But the Gunners remain in for the centre-forward.

Brighton also expressed an interest, but the player’s camp quickly turned them down.

Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry added that Arsenal are willing to pay around €25m for the striker. In contrast to the Record’s report, he suggested Celtic would be willing to sell for the right price.

Duncan Castles confirmed that Celtic are looking to fill the financial hole created by the absence of Champions League football.

It seems very unlikely Arsenal make any kind of move unless they sell a forward first. The most likely candidate is Alexandre Lacazette, considering Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is so close to a new contract.

Long-standing Arsenal interest in Edouard

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Earlier in the summer, The Telegraph also claimed Arsenal held an interest in Edouard.

The striker has two seasons left on his current contract, and English clubs reportedly believe he could make a quick transition to Premier League football.

Edouard joined Celtic from PSG in 2018, and he’s improving with each season in Scotland.

He scored 11 goals in his first campaign, 22 in his second and 27 in the recently-curtailed third. He also has four goals in four games in the early stage of this season.

Internationally, the striker has 11 goals in six games for the France u21s, scoring in every appearance so far. Often more than once. It’s a big jump to the Premier League, but Edouard is clearly showing his potential.

03/09/20

Edouard remains a top target for Arsenal this summer

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic scores his team's third goal during 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: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic scores his team’s third goal on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Odsonne Edouard remains a top target for Arsenal this summer, who are showing huge interest in the 22-year-old Celtic striker.

The Daily Record report that Edouard remains a top target for Arsenal. Celtic aren’t keen to sell, particularly as they attempt to win their 10th consecutive league title. But the Gunners remain in for the centre-forward.

Brighton also expressed an interest, but the player’s camp quickly turned them down.

Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry added that Arsenal are willing to pay around €25m for the striker. In contrast to the Record’s report, he suggested Celtic would be willing to sell for the right price.

Duncan Castles confirmed that Celtic are looking to fill the financial hole created by the absence of Champions League football.

It seems very unlikely Arsenal make any kind of move unless they sell a forward first. The most likely candidate is Alexandre Lacazette, considering Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is so close to a new contract.

Long-standing Arsenal interest in Edouard

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Earlier in the summer, The Telegraph also claimed Arsenal held an interest in Edouard.

The striker has two seasons left on his current contract, and English clubs reportedly believe he could make a quick transition to Premier League football.

Edouard joined Celtic from PSG in 2018, and he’s improving with each season in Scotland.

He scored 11 goals in his first campaign, 22 in his second and 27 in the recently-curtailed third. He also has four goals in four games in the early stage of this season.

Internationally, the striker has 11 goals in six games for the France u21s, scoring in every appearance so far. Often more than once. It’s a big jump to the Premier League, but Edouard is clearly showing his potential.

07/06/20

Celtic ‘doing everything’ to stop striker linked with Arsenal leaving

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Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon has admitted the club are ‘doing everything’ they can to try and stop striker Odsonne Edouard following Kieran Tierney to London.

“There are ongoing discussions at the minute with Odsonne’s representatives,” Lennon told reporters.

“Ultimately, he’s a player we want around. He’s a fantastic player. He’s really blossomed over the last couple of seasons.

“He had a magnificent season this year, and we want to keep him. It’s as simple as that.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 20: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between FC Kobenhavn and Celtic FC at Telia Parken on February 20, 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – FEBRUARY 20: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between FC Kobenhavn and Celtic FC at Telia Parken on February 20, 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“We’re doing everything we can to keep him here for at least another season anyway.

“He’s grown into a top-class striker. Of course, there is going to be speculation around a player of that quality.

“But we’re comfortable at the minute with the position we’re in with him. I think he’s got a fantastic relationship with me and my backroom team, and his team-mates.

“You can see how much the supporters appreciate him as well. I think that’s reciprocated.

“He seems pretty happy and we’re all looking forward to seeing him at training.”

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)

Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported that Arsenal are interested in the Celtic striker.

The Scottish club, as Lennon explained above, want to keep the 22-year-old but Premier League clubs are following his progress and he is one of three forwards said to be on Arsenal’s shortlist to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the Gabonese forward leaves this summer.

Edouard has two seasons left on his current contract and English clubs believe he could make a quick transition to Premier League football.

As a result, Celtic are reportedly looking at a move for Israel striker Shon Weissman as a replacement, despite what Lennon says. They’re making him a priority signing should Edouard leave, apparently.

Edouard has scored 27 goals, with 19 assists, in 45 games for Celtic this season.

05/06/20

3 strikers on Arsenal shortlist if Aubameyang leaves

Gent's Jonathan David celebrates after scoring during a soccer match between KAA Gent and KV Oostende, Sunday 18 August 2019 in Gent, on the fourth day of the 'Jupiler Pro League' Belgian soccer championship season 2019-2020.(Photo by JASPER JACOBS/AFP via Getty Images)
Gent’s Jonathan David celebrates after scoring on Sunday 18 August 2019. (Photo by JASPER JACOBS/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal have three strikers on their transfer shortlist if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves this summer, according to a report.

Goal report that there’s a ‘big question mark’ around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal, with only a year on his current deal. If he leaves for a free this summer, the club know they’ll have to bring in a replacement.

On that front, they have three forwards on their shortlist. They’ve spent time watching Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard this season, as well as Genk’s Jonathan David and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, a long-term target for the Gunners.

Goal’s Charles Watts previously named David and Edouard as potential replacements. Back at that point in April, Watts expected David to cost around £20-25m, though he didn’t give a valuation for Edouard. Meanwhile, Dembele is a new addition to the list.

Since then, however, David himself spoke to the media about how he thinks a Bundesliga move suits him best. Perhaps that would change if Aubameyang left and he had the chance to start regularly for Arsenal. For now, a transfer to Germany seems more likely.

At least Arsenal have options. The worst thing this summer would be to sell Aubameyang with no one in mind to replace him. Mikel Arteta’s side are just too reliant on his goals.

10/04/20

Arsenal like David & Edouard as forward summer signings

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 20: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between FC Kobenhavn and Celtic FC at Telia Parken on February 20, 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic on February 20, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal are interested in Jonathan David and Odsonne Edouard as options if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette move on this summer.

Arsenal like Jonathan David and Odsonne Edouard as possible signings if they have to move on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to a YouTube update from Charles Watts.

Any transfer updates at the moment come with a huge caveat. We don’t know how much money Arsenal will have until football returns and the season ends. The Gunners could finish anywhere from the CL places to out of Europe completely.

All the same, we know from Mikel Arteta’s recent update that Arsenal are still working on the transfer front. They have to plan for various scenarios, but that doesn’t stop them from identifying targets.

Watts had a good transfer record in the January window, proving reliable on stories like Soares, Mari, Nketiah and loan exits for John-Jules and Smith Rowe. According to Watts, two of the players Arsenal like for the summer are David and Edouard.

“If either Laca or Aubameyang is sold, they (Arsenal) like Jonathan David at [Gent],” Watts said. “He’ll cost about £20-25m. Edouard at Celtic’s another player they’re looking at. So there are options there for Arsenal.”

This isn’t the first time either player has been linked with Arsenal. Check out our previous reports on David and Edouard for more information.

Could selling Lacazette make more sense than Aubameyang?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal talk following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal talk on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

As Charles Watts highlights in his video, it might not make sense for Arsenal to sell Aubameyang.

With only a year left on his contract, this is really the last chance to cash in. However, given the coronavirus situation, it’s very possible teams won’t offer large fees for players already in the last year of their deals.

If Arsenal can’t bring in significant money for Aubameyang, why sell? Another year with him in the team and a better shot at Champions League football could be worth a lot more than a meagre fee this summer.

By contrast, Lacazette has a longer contract, seemingly serious interest from Atletico Madrid and he’s already fighting with Eddie Nketiah for a spot in the team anyway. Watts argues that could make him one of the players to sell to raise funds.

“I do think that Alexandre Lacazette could be the guy that they sell,” Watts said.

“They could keep hold of Auba and look to move on Laca. He’s obviously got two years left on his contract, Atletico Madrid have always been interested in him. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if they come back in with another move this summer.

“If a decent bid comes in for Laca, I think he’s certainly one of the members of the squad that you look at. That you think if Arsenal do need to raise funds, he could be one of the better options for it.”

It’s definitely worth watching the video for yourself, as quotes can always read differently in text form. The relevant sections start at 12:56 (Lacazette) and 16:40 (David and Edouard):

22/03/20

Arsenal planning summer bid for Odsonne Edouard

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic scores his team's third goal during 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 scores his team’s third goal. During 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 are planning to make a bid for 22-year-old Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer, according to reports.

The Mirror claim Arsenal are looking to test Celtic’s resolve with a bid for Edouard this summer. Mikel Arteta wants to add to his attacking options regardless of what happens with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the France u21 international is catching his eye.

According to the report, Edouard is rated at around £30m. Leicester City and Everton are also chasing him, though the player himself isn’t rushing to leave.

So far this season, Edouard is on 27 goals and 17 assists in 45 matches. He also won a penalty leading to a teammate’s goal and had a shot scored on the rebound. Hence, his Transfermarkt assist total is 19, as they include those as assists.

Essentially contributing to 46 goals in 45 games is a fantastic record. Most of that is in Scottish domestic competition, which isn’t particularly highly-rated. However, he has five goal contributions in six Europa League games, and six in seven European qualifiers.

Plus, it’s worth keeping in mind Moussa Dembele was the last striker to impress at Celtic before moving onto a top-five European league.

Dembele is doing well with Lyon, scoring 20+ goals in consecutive seasons. Funnily enough, that’s actually an improvement on his final season in Scotland.

Perhaps Edouard could have a similar impact in England. Arsenal certainly aren’t against signing players from Celtic, as we saw last summer.