Pundit Danny Mills has claimed that Celtic’s chances of landing an inflated premium for Odsonne Edouard have risen following a separate transfer dealing.
Premier League side Brighton have been reported by several sources in recent weeks to be interest in a deal for the ex-PSG youngster, who is out of contract in the summer.
Reports from The Daily Mail, as shared by The Scotsman, have claimed that the Seagulls were going to formalise their interest in the talismanic Celtic striker after Celtic’s second-leg tie in the Champions League qualifiers with FC Midtjylland.
With the Bhoys having now exited the Champions League, Brighton may now consider actualising their interest.
Separately, The Daily Record claimed yesterday that Brighton have offered an £18.5 million fee, plus at least £3.5 million of performance-related add-ons, for Edouard.
Conversely, the south coast English club are set for a £50 million windfall with their young centre-back Ben White set to complete a big-money move to Premier League giants Arsenal, where White could partner ex-Bhoy Kieran Tierney in defence.
Speaking to Football Insider, Danny Mills has backed ‘market forces’ to work in Celtic’s favour in driving up the price for Edouard:
“It’s like suddenly ‘We can’t pay this because we haven’t got any money’. ‘Hang on a minute, you’ve just been paid £50 million. You can, the price goes up’.
“Go back to the Fernando Torres-Andy Carroll deal back in the day. With no disrespect, Andy Carroll was never a £35 million striker but it was because the Torres fee was so inflated. It’s market forces, it’s what happens.”
Read Celtic Verdict
Celtic face a delicate balancing act between risk and reward.
Edouard being able to sign a pre-contract agreement in six months’ time means that the Bhoys risk losing a star asset for free if they do not cash in this summer.
However, maximising financial yield makes equal sense and public knowledge of the White deal could go a long way in offering mild leverage in negotiations to Celtic.