Arsenal eye Odsonne Edouard transfer from Celtic as Mikel Arteta bids to strengthen


Arsenal are considering a summer move for Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard as they aim to build ahead of next season.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to add to his frontline regardless of what the future holds for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And Hoops hitman Edouard is in his sights, having scored 61 goals in 125 appearances since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

The 22-year-old — capped six times by France at Under-21 level — has scored 27 times this season, and helped Celtic to move 13 points clear ahead of closest rivals Celtic at the top of the table before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.



a group of people watching a football ball in front of a crowd: Odsonne Edouard is a firm fans' favourite at Celtic Park


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Odsonne Edouard is a firm fans’ favourite at Celtic Park

Leicester and Everton have also run checks on the £30million-rated youngster, and the Gunners could be set to take part in a transfer tug-of-war.

In a recent interview with Virgin Media Sport , however, Edouard did not appear to be in any hurry to move on from Celtic, and spoke of how much he was enjoying his time in Scotland.

When asked how he felt to play at Celtic Park, he said: “It’s something incredible. When we go home after it’s been an unforgettable night and when we play at Celtic Park on a European night, I really enjoy the atmosphere.

“I really appreciate what the fans do and I hope it continues that way.”



a man holding a frisbee in the air: It remains to be seen if Edouard is tempted by a move to the Gunners


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It remains to be seen if Edouard is tempted by a move to the Gunners

Aubameyang, 30, will have just a year to run on his Arsenal contract from June and his position leaves bosses at the Emirates with a decision to make.

They can either cash in this summer, with Manchester United and Barcelona among the clubs widely expected to make a move for the Gabonese star, who would cost around £50m.

Or they could risk losing him for nothing the following summer if he refuses to sign an extension in north London.

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