Charlie Nicholas admits that Odsonne Edouard Celtic doubts the transfer as he names the attacker’s most suitable destination


Charlie Nicholas predicted that Oddsonne Edouard will not be leaving Celtic for Arsenal – but insists he is good enough for the Premier League.

Reports in the south in March said the Gunners were considering a decision for the Frenchman, with lingering doubts about the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Arsenal captain will enter the final year of his contract in June and has not yet agreed to a renewal, a situation which has been further complicated by the forced cessation of European football.

Nicholas thinks Celtic’s apparent £ 40 million valuation of Edward may be too steep in the post-coronavirus football landscape, and fears it may not be the best solution for Arsenal if Aubameyang were to leave.

Instead, he identified Everton as a more suitable destination if Edouard decided to leave Celtic, which is certainly not taken for granted at this stage.

Nicholas told Sky Sports, “He could certainly play Arsenal because the way they play, his style would be more than appropriate.

“The problem is to judge whether he is ready right now, playing weekly for Arsenal compared to who is already there. “

“I’m a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette, and Edouard has a lot of Lacazette in style in his game.

“He would certainly not be coming to England right away and would score 20-25 goals in one season unless Arsenal find a renewed conviction and they get the whole team.

“It has potential, absolutely, but I’m not convinced that they will buy it. The reason is that in Scotland Celtic judges him as a £ 40 million player. “

“It will come down to what Edward wants. If he wants to leave, then he will leave. Celtic will take the money rather than having a player who is not involved in the cause because historically that is what they have done – with Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney.

“He has to go to a camp that plays him. He can play with a partner and he can play alone, but he must play in a team that will do him a lot of service. If he plays in a side that sometimes gets 40 percent possession, he will have a hard time adjusting.

“His attitude has improved enough to tell me that he will become a top player, but I’m not entirely sure that the teams will still consider him a £ 40 million player. But the current market, with the coronavirus, will probably have an impact on the value of the players. , this will play a crucial role.

“I just don’t think Arsenal can afford to let Aubameyang’s contract run out, so they will have to renew it. Despite that, I don’t see the Edouard-Arsenal link materializing, but I could certainly see it go into the Premier League. “

“He could be more suited to Everton if they build their team the right way. I have watched them a lot this season.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin had a purple patch but Edouard is a better technical player. He has more things on him than Calvert-Lewin and there is no doubt in my mind that it would be a very good buy for someone. “


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