'Leicester have been watching him closely' - EPL duo keen on Celtic's Odsonne Edouard but £25m+ transfer fee required

Celtic have been trying to tie the striker down on a new contract

If a team are to try and sign Odsonne Edoaurd from Celtic this summer they will be required to pay a hefty fee.

The striker has been linked to a number of sides, both in England and abroad, with Arsenal, Leicester City and Lyon all reported to be keen on the 22-year-old.

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Edouard is regarded by many as the best player in the country and someone who will fetch Celtic a lot of money.

Odsonne Edouard will likely attract plenty of interest in the summer. Picture: SNS
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He has hit 27 goals in 45 appearances this season.

The club were hopeful of tying him down to an extended contract, beyond 2022 when his current deal expires. However, the postponement of football has made it difficult.

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"It's uncertain,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon said at the end of march. “So Ideally you'd like to keep your prized assets for at least another year anyway.

"No question there's going to be interest in him, but ideally you'd like to maybe tie him down to another year on top of what he has already and keep him here."

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If a club were to sign him, they would have to pay more than the £25million the club received from Arsenal for Kieran Tierney in the summer.

According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, Leicester City have been monitoring Edouard’s situation.

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“Odsonne Edouard is not necessarily going anywhere," he said. “He’s had a great season, scoring 28 times, and he’s only 22 so it’s not surprising other clubs are looking at him closely.

"He’s got two years left on his Celtic contract and he could sign a new deal.

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“The biggest fee that a Scottish club have ever received for a player is the £25m Arsenal paid Celtic for Kieran Tierney last summer.

"Someone would need to offer more than that for Celtic to be tempted to do business and that kind of money is unlikely to be flying round the transfer market during the next window.

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"Leicester have been watching him closely and Brendan Rodgers knows all about him from his time managing Celtic."