Arsenal remain in race to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard ahead of Leicester City

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic
Odsonne Edouard remains on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer window (Getty)

Arsenal are targeting Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.

Last month, reports claimed that Leicester City felt they had won the race to sign the 23-year-old, with a £15 million agreement close to being reached with Celtic.

Arsenal have been monitoring Edouard for well over a year and had been considering a move for the striker, who will have just one year remaining on his contract with Celtic this summer.

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal have not given up hope of signing Edouard and are considering him as a replacement for Lacazette.

Lacazette will also have just one year remaining on his deal this summer, and Arsenal are set to make a decision over whether the French striker will be sold or given a contract extension.

Leicester, however, believe they are in a strong position to sign Edouard as Brendan Rodgers has already managed the striker during their time together at Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City believe they lead the race to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic
Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City believe they lead the race to sign Odsonne Edouard (Getty)

Edouard has an impressive scoring record since joining Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, with 81 goals in 163 appearances.

Speaking last month, Celtic legend Lubo Moravcik warned Edouard that he needs to consider the amount of playing time he will get if he makes the move to the Premier League this summer.

‘I have watched a lot of Odsonne,’ Moravcik told the The Herald.

‘There was a point a few months ago when I felt I was talking about him to everybody.

‘France were in the same group as Slovakia so I saw that game and a lot of the French games. He was really impressive. He is a very talented player.

‘But for any player, wherever he goes next he will want to play. And if he leaves Celtic to go to the English Premier League or another club who have a lot of resources, he will face more competition to play every week.

‘At 23, he is at the stage of his career where he needs now to be playing every week.’

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