Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to sign Odsonne Edouard on a permanent deal and he is prepared to break the club’s transfer record to get him, according to the Celts Are Here website.
The club has still to pay more than the £8.55 million they paid Chelsea for Chris Sutton at the turn of the century.
However, Rodgers remains a huge admirer of the skilful Paris Saint-Germain striker and is ready to try to bring him back to Parkhead.
The France Under-19 international scored 11 goals in 29 appearances while on loan at Celtic this season, helping the club seal a second consecutive domestic treble.
He scored the winner as the Bhoys beat Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox and then a hat-trick against the same opponents in April.
Those performances have inspired Rodgers and his management team to do whatever they can to sign him on a permanent transfer – despite still having Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele at the club.
Citing tweets by Evening Times journalist Alison McConnell, the website claims that Edouard’s buyout clause is £10 million, and that Celtic would be more than happy to pay that.
McConnell also asserted that the Bhoys offered Manchester City £10 million for Patrick Roberts last summer, but the Citizens did not want to sell.
If true, it shows that Rodgers will indeed break the club’s transfer record for the right player. His pursuit of Edouard also raises question marks about the other strikers at the club.
Last summer, speculation linked Dembele with a move away from the club and should Rodgers succeed in signing his 20-year-old compatriot, he may feel he could accept a sizeable offer for the former.
However, if he stays and Edouard arrives, having all three strikers at the club gives the manager plenty of options as he bids once again to have Celtic make a significant impact in Europe.