CELTIC will be in no rush to sell Odsonne Edouard in the summer.
The French striker netted his 22nd goal of the season in the 4-0 win over St Johnstone at Parkhead last week to take his total to 50 in two campaigns.
However, it was a largely disappointing term for Edouard, particularly the first part when he had claimed a meagre four strikes from open play to add to three penalty-kicks. He produced something like his expected form after the turn of the year when it was too late for the team to turn things around in a wretched crusade.
Former boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to take the flamboyant forward to Leicester City while Mikel Arteta is eyeing him to play a role in his Arsenal revolution, as CQN reported earlier this month.
HIGHS…Odsonne Edouard celebrates his goal against Aberdeen in February along with Callum McGregor.
LOWS…Odsonne Edouard can’t believe a miss at Ibrox.
The London side, then managed by Unai Emery, broke the Scottish transfer record with their £25million purchase of left-back Kieran Tierney in 2019 and the Glasgow club will use that figure as a guideline to the worth of their hottest property.
Figures across the border show Edouard valued at £20million, but the Hoops are determined to up the ante for a player who cost £9million from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2018 with a huge sell-on clause inserted in the contract.
Celtic are also aware of interest being shown in the 23-year-old marksman from his homeland and Italy while there have been enquiries from Germany for a player who will be going into the last year of his terms at Parkhead.
The Bundesliga raided the Hoops in January when Bayer Leverkusen splashed £11.8million on right-back Jeremie Frimpong and agents have followed the progress of his team-mate.