Celtic set to keep striker wanted by clutch of clubs

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Celtic have been in brilliant form this season.

The giants won their ninth successive Scottish Premiership title, with the COVID-19 pandemic curtailing the campaign.

Neil Lennon’s side lost just twice all season and scored 89 goals along the way, conceding just 19.

Celtic took a total of 80 points from 30 games, and ultimately won the title by a margin of 13 points from second-placed Rangers.

A key member of their squad this term has been the striker Odsonne Edouard.

The Frenchman has been electric in the Premiership, scoring 21 goals and registering 12 assists in a total of 27 games.

He also scored three times in six games in the Europa League, along with two goals in Champions League qualifying.

That has, understandably, led to some interest in his services as the summer transfer window looms.

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There have been numerous reports about Edouard’s potential summer exit; The Scottish Sun has claimed that Crystal Palace are interested in a £25 million deal, while Leeds United are also touted as possible suitors.

Celtic, though, are said to be determined to keep him at the club, and are making progress in negotiating a new contract with the striker, per Football Insider.

The two parties have yet to strike an agreement but there is a hope that a deal can be struck.

Celtic are understood to have placed a £40m asking price on the 22-year-old, a huge fee in a market that has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Celtic are taking all of the correct steps.

Edouard is a genuine star and the Scottish club paid a club-record fee to bring him to Parkhead.

They paid £9m to bring him into the club from PSG and he has paid that money back in spades.

In total, the striker has scored 60 goals and registered 31 assists in 126 games, with 41 strikes coming in the Premiership from 74 outings.

The club should look to give him whatever he wants to ensure he sticks around, as he will be absolutely vital to the club’s pursuit of a 10th Premiership title in a row.

They cannot afford to lose him.

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