FRENCH EDDY SET TO SIGN DEAL

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALISON McCONNELL

CELTIC are op­ti­mistic a per­ma­nent deal will be con­cluded im­mi­nently for French striker Odsonne Edouard from PSG.

The Park­head side have un­til the 16th June to ac­ti­vate the clause in Edouard’s con­tract w i th on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions th is week be­tween the two par­ties be­lieved to be fruit­ful. Celtic’s cause has been strength­ened by the fact that PSG have been told by UEFA’s fi­nan­cial fair play in­ves­ti­ga­tion that they need to sell £53m (60m eu­ros) worth of play­ers be­fore the end of th is month or

else face a penalty for over­spend­ing last year.

Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body in­tro­duced FFP ‘breakeven’ rules in 2013, re­quir­ing clubs to bal­ance their spend­ing with their rev­enue. Last sea­son the French gi­ants spent £200m on Brazil­ian star Ney­mar while also tak­ing Kylian Mbappe on a loan deal, for which they will pay £167m to Monaco to ac­ti­vate their clause for the player this sum­mer.

How­ever, to avoid sanc­tions from UEFA they need to bal­ance their books be­fore the end of the month mean­ing a need from PSG’s end to see a swift con­clu­sion to the Edouard deal.

Goncalo Guedes’ sale from PSG to Vale­nia will make up half of the short­fall – the winger will go to Spain for £31m af­ter a suc­cess­ful loan spell – but the French side still need to make up the re­main­der.

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