Celtic star Odsonne Edouard now has the same agent Kieran Tierney used to help him join Arsenal, amid reports linking the striker with a move to the Gunners. Edouard has been reported as a potential long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal. The Frenchman has scored 74 goals in 151 appearances for Celtic since his arrival in 2017.
Tierney left boyhood club Celtic to join Arsenal in 2019 for a fee of around £25million.
The Scotland international has become a firm fan favourite at the Emirates after overcoming early injury problems.
The Stellar Group facilitated Tierney’s move to Arsenal and Edouard has now become a client of the agency.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry, who has reported on Arsenal’s interest in Edouard before, says the forward’s change of agent is a clear indication that he wants to move to the Premier League, and likely to a London-based club.
“Another interesting development in terms of this market and indeed looking forward to this summer, is Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“He has changed his agent and very interestingly he has decided to hire the Stellar Group, who are of course run and owned by Jonathan Barnett.
“Now, what’s kind of coincidental about this is that it was a senior executive agent at Stellar who brokered Kieran Tierney’s deal to join Arsenal from Celtic, and you have to wonder if Edouard has looked at the situation with Tierney and thought: ‘Okay, well Kieran got his move’ and obviously Stellar are very well connected, especially with the London clubs, he’s certainly eyeing a move to the Premier League, that’s for sure, but in hiring Stellar perhaps London is his preferred destination.”
McGarry’s podcast co-host Duncan Castles agrees that hiring the Stellar Group is a clue Edouard wants to move to England in the near future.
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Castles said: “I think if you hire Stellar as agents you have a better opportunity of moving to a Premier League club, to one of the big established agencies in English football.
“They have good connections with the majority of clubs in the league, they know how to get deals done.
“It would certainly indicate that the Premier League is a stronger option for Edouard.
“That’s not an uncommon transition bath, to play at Celtic, to play well at Celtic, and then have your next step being a transfer to Premier League football.”