Celtic forward and reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard is being tracked by Leicester City ahead of a possible transfer approach this month. The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Parkhead for some time, but could finally leave the defending Scottish champions within the next few weeks amid their dismal run of league form.
Celtic were forced to settle for a draw against Hibernian on Monday evening, with Kevin Nisbet’s late equaliser leaving the Glasgow giants 21 points adrift of bitter rivals and Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.
Arsenal were tipped to land Edouard over the summer, but Celtic’s £40million asking price prevented a deal from being completed.
Reports of the north London club’s interest have resurfaced in recent weeks after the 22-year-old became a client of The Stellar Group, the agency that helped to arrange Kieran Tierney’s move to the Gunners in 2019, earlier this season.
However, Arsenal will face stiff competition from Leicester in the race for his signature, according to the Daily Mail.
The Foxes are in the market for a striker this month, with Islam Slimani set to join Lyon subject to the completion of a medical on Tuesday.
Both Leicester and Arsenal have been handed a recent boost in the chase for Edouard, with Celtic lowering their asking price by a staggering £15m as they look to speed up his departure from the club.
Football Insider has claimed that the Hoops are now willing to accept a bid in the region of £25m for the forward this month, after conceding that they are unlikely to command a club-record fee given their lack of success this season.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon hinted in November that he was unsure about Edouard’s future, revealing that his head was turned by the speculation during pre-season.
“Listen, he’s a human being and he’s still young at 22 and there has been a lot of interest or speculation – whatever you want to call it – about him and there’s no question that it affected him and his performances,” Lennon told The Scotsman.
“When he comes back [from youth international duty] we’ll sit down, have a good discussion with him and hopefully he’ll kick on and get back to his best.
“What we have with Odsonne is an outstanding, talented player and it’s up to us now to try and get the best out of him again.
“There are huge games coming up, ones in which he can inspire the team. We know what he’s capable of and we understand why his recent form hasn’t been as good.”