HOOPS SET FOR £10M RECORD TRANSFER
Celtic set to break club transfer record on PSG loan striker Edouard
CELTIC are set to break their transfer record this week as they look to formalise a permanent deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Odsonne Edouard, while sources inside the Parkhead club have rubbished any link from Leicester for manager Brendan Rodgers.
The French striker has made it clear to his representatives that Celtic is where he wishes to be next season and with the Parkhead side having until Saturday to trigger the clause they agreed with PSG last August, it is expected that talks will be ongoing this week to secure his services. It is
believed that the fee for the forward is £10m, a significant outlay from the Parkhead side whose current transfer record is just over £6m.
However, having worked with Edouard this season, Rodgers has been vocal about the qualities he sees in the striker.
Rodgers himself has been subject to speculation this summer already and this weekend saw him linked with the Leicester job by the English media.
There has been speculation that Claude Puel, the current Leicester manager, will be replaced this summer with reports putting Rodgers as the Foxes’ No 1 target.
That was met with some scorn within Celtic Park with the Parkhead side in no fear that their manager is anything other than content with where he is.
One player who could be set to go, however, is Stuart Armstrong (above). The Parkhead midfielder signed a one-year deal last August but has been linked with Crystal Palace and West Brom and it seems inevitable that he will pursue new pastures for this coming season.
Elsewhere, Dedryck Boyata has warmed up for the World Cup by telling the Belgian supporters that he wished he had gone to Celtic earlier in his career.
“The only thing I regret is that I stayed at Manchester City for too long,” he said. “I never got a chance and should have left a lot earlier.
“I was very relieved when I made it [into the Belgium squad] because it’s my first World Cup. I know the system Belgium play because it’s the same at Celtic, but I’m happy to play anywhere.”