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Celtic boss Neil Lennon says he isn’t aware of any specific interest in striker Odsonne Edouard this window, amid media links to Arsenal.
Neil Lennon is hoping to hold onto Celtic’s star striker Odsonne Edouard a bit longer, seemingly shooting down reports linking the 22-year-old with a move to Arsenal.
Over the weekend, Edouard scored his fifth club goal of the campaign. He also has one assist in his first five games of the new season, as well as a goal for the France u21s on international duty.
Ian McGarry on The Transfer Window Podcast claimed Edouard’s progress was drawing multiple bids from Arsenal. However, Lennon believes this is just the usual media gossip, and Celtic plan to keep Edouard.
“That’s the nature of the window but it’s not at the forefront of my mind,” Lennon said. “We have lots of games to play and we want all the players here. The club will do everything in their power to make sure that happens.
“I’m not aware of interest in Odsonne – it’s all just speculation. We want to keep him here. We know what a talent he is but also how important this season is for the club and the supporters.”
In our coverage of the Edouard rumours, we pointed out that it’s very unlikely Arsenal would sign the player without selling first. As much as anything else, the club just don’t have many non-homegrown spots right now.
But perhaps just as importantly, finances are tight this summer. If Arsenal have money to spend, they’re likely to put it towards a midfielder, so there won’t be much left over for Edouard.
You’d have to see Alexandre Lacazette leave for a good fee, and right now that doesn’t seem likely.