After guiding Brighton & Hove Albion to safety in his first season in charge, Graham Potter has turned his attention towards forming a side capable of reaching the comforts of mid-table. So far, in that pursuit, Potter has welcomed Adam Lallana, Lars Dendoncker and Joël Veltman. Now, in perhaps the biggest deal yet, Brighton have joined the race for £30 million Celtic forward Odsonne Édouard.
Brighton & Hove Albion Latest Club to Join Race for Odsonne Édouard
Bigger Moves Could Attract the Frenchman
Odsonne Édouard is arguably the best striker in the Scottish Premiership right now; the 22-year-old is as talented as they come and is destined to play on the biggest of stages. However, that is a stage Brighton may not be able to offer. The Frenchman, fresh from a hat-trick against Hamilton, will be keen to ensure a move away also comes with Champions League football.
With Celtic consistently qualifying for that competition, too, moving away to a team in Brighton’s position would not make sense. Yes, Premier League football is an attractive offer, but the Frenchman has the talents to shine for a team in the big six should he wish to leave Celtic this summer.
A Bargain Deal?
In today’s market, the chances of overpaying for a player is higher than ever. A 10 goal a season forward can sell for £25 million; a young, unproven forward can even secure a £15 million move. It’s when considering this that Celtic’s reported £30 million valuation of Édouard becomes a bargain deal.
All of a sudden, for £30 million, a team can secure the services of a 30 goal a season forward who has experience in the Champions League; there won’t be a better offer out there if reports are to be believed.
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