Former Celtic striker Harald Brattbakk insists Scottish champions would have to sell star forward Odsonne Edouard if £40m is offered… amid interest from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City
- Odsonne Edouard bagged an opening day hat-trick for Celtic against Hamilton
- Edourard is under contract for another two years but is receiving interest
- Leicester, managed by ex-Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, are weighing up a bid
- Harald Brattbakk believes it would be difficult for Celtic not to accept £40m
Ex-Celtic forward Harald Brattbakk claimed on Monday night that Celtic would be compelled to sell Odsonne Edouard if a £40million bid is tabled.
Scotland’s Player of the Year after scoring 28 goals last season, the Frenchman bagged an opening day hat-trick against Hamilton on Sunday as Neil Lennon’s side cruised to a 5-1 win.
Under contract for another two years, Edouard has said that he’d happily remain on board as Celtic seek to win a record-breaking 10th successive title.
Odsonne Edouard was the Scottish Player of the Year last season and is receiving interest
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City are weighing up a £40million bid for the French forward
But with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City weighing up a £40m offer for a player the Irishman brought to Glasgow for £9m from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, former Celtic striker Brattbakk believes market forces could yet determine that the 22-year-old heads south before the extended transfer window closes on October 5.
‘I think it would be really tough to say no to a bid of that amount. It’s so much money,’ said the Norwegian on the day that Edouard’s would-be replacement Ivan Toney moved closer to signing for Brentford from Peterborough.
‘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 10-in-a-row but also about how best to run it.
‘If you ask the supporters, of course, they’d all give Édouard 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.’
Harald Brattbakk believes Celtic would find it difficult to turn down a £40m bid for Edouard
With the start of the Scottish Premiership season coinciding with the English close season, Brattbakk believes Edouard’s ability will now get the attention it deserves.
Aware that Edouard has already been linked with Spurs and Everton, the 49-year-old feels a combination of factors could yet see his former club turn an extraordinary profit on the player.
‘He won’t be sold this week,’ he said. ‘And if he plays well next week and scores a couple of more goals, there…