Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has stated that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar could be priced out of a move away from Celtic Park during the summer transfer window.
On the back of a couple of prolific seasons for Celtic, Edouard was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham last summer, with reports revealing that the club’s scouts had watched him multiple times and were left impressed by what they had seen.
Spurs ended up moving for Carlos Vinicius from Benfica on a season-long loan deal from Benfica instead but the Brazilian has largely been a peripheral figure so far this campaign.
Meanwhile, Edouard is having another impressive season with the Scottish giants, having found the back of the net 19 times in all competitions during the current campaign.
Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal are also said to be eyeing a summer move for the French strikerwith Mikel Arteta looking to bolster his forward line.
However, Maguire has said that the 23-year-old could stay put at Celtic as no club is likely to meet the Glasgow giants’ asking price under the current financial circumstances.
He told The Glasgow times: “Who is going to buy Edouard? Where realistically will his market value be? The market across the vast majority of Europe just isn’t going to be there.
“French football will have no money this summer because their TV deal has disappeared. I don’t see a lot of money being spent in Spain or Italy.
“There will be some decent-sized clubs in the Bundesliga who may be interested in Edouard. Could he go to a club in England? Yes, he could. But what are the types of clubs that we are looking at?
“It is going to be the bottom half of the Premier League if we are honest. There will be clubs who get promoted who will be interested.
“Crystal Palace have got 13 players out of contract. They are desperate for a striker. But there are a lot of strikers around.
“The problem that Celtic have is that because of the collapse of French football the players there are being sold at fire-sale prices.
“A French club will now be asking for £12m for a player who might have been going for £25m before.
“So what do Celtic do under those circumstances? They could end up being left with Edouard because they price him out of the market.”
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The Scottish Premiership is comparable to League One in terms of quality and so success at Celtic does not necessarily translate to success in the English top flight. However, Edouard looks like a fantastic talent and I believe he does have the attributes to succeed in the Premier League. If we decide not to make Vinicius’ loan deal permanent and dip into the market for another striker in the summer, we can certainly do a lot worse than the 23-year-old.
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