Arsenal close in on perfect Auba replacement after Celtic told to sell Edouard for £40 million this summer
Former Celtic striker Harald Brattbakk believes the Hoops should cash in on Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard if they receive a £40million bid.
Arsenal and Leicester have been linked with a summer move for the French striker, who scored a hat-trick in Celtic’s 5-1 Scottish Premiership opening-day win over Hamilton on Sunday.
The Gunners are lining up a number of possible signings during the transfer window as speculation still surrounds the future of star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Edouard is seen as an ideal candidate to replace the Gabon ace.
Now they have been handed a transfer boost as Brattbakk, who played for Celtic between 1997 and 2000, insists a £40m offer for the 22-year-old would be too good to turn down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He told the Mail: “I think it would be really tough to say no to a bid of that amount. It’s so much money.
“Financially, Celtic is still doing well. But any club would appreciate £40m right now.
“Also, if you sell him for that kind of money, you could buy one or two new players for maybe £10m and you’d still be left with £30m.
“This is always the discussion that you have. The club will always think about ten-in-a-row but also about how best to run it.
“If you ask the supporters, of course, they’d all give Edouard a better contract to stay on.
“But it’s not that easy. The board of directors have to think about both things which makes it difficult.”
Since his arrival at Celtic Park, Edouard has scored an impressive 65 goals in 127 appearances.
And Brattbakk thinks Edouard’s valuation could rise if he continues scoring goals before the new Premier League season starts on September 12.
He added: “He won’t be sold this week and if he plays well next week and scores a couple of more goals, there will definitely be more interest in him.
“The English league doesn’t start until September 12. If Edouard plays well in the next four or five games and adds to his number of goals, the bids could even rise to £55m or £60m.
“It’s a good situation for Celtic at the moment. The SPFL has started, the EPL hasn’t and there are plenty of games for him to show himself to other clubs.