Andrea Pirlo wants Juventus sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in January, according to reports. The Italian manager is looking to add another striker to his squad and believes the Frenchman fits the bill.
Edouard rose through the ranks at Paris Saint Germain but failed to break into the senior squad. He was first loaned to Toulouse and then to Celtic, but it was with the Scottish giants that the Frenchman broke into his. He scored 11 times in 29 appearances on loan with Celtic in the 2017-18 season and his transfer was made permanent in the summer of 2018.
Since joining, the Frenchman has been very impressive for Celtic and has won the league in each of his three seasons with the club. He was also in devastating form last season, scoring 29 goals in 47 appearances. This season, Edouard has yet to hit the same level of performance on the pitch but still has nine goals in 20 appearances in all competitions. And that was enough to grab the attention of Juventus.
Juventus could sign Edward for £ 30million
The defending Serie A champions are lagging behind in the title race this season and are currently ten points behind league leaders AC Milan. Juventus plan to attack reinforcements in January to defend their title and have laid eyes on Edward.
Besides the Frenchman, the Old Lady has also been linked with Olivier Giroud of Chelsea and Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli, two seasoned veterans who guarantee goals and experience. However, Juventus have been targeting talented young players in recent times and see Edward’s potential to be a success at Turin.
The Frenchman is a wanted man and is being watched by Serie A rivals AC Milan among other clubs which could pose a problem for Juventus. Edouard also has his admirers in the Premier League. Leicester City were interested in the player last season but were put off by his £ 30million prize. Aston Villa’s interest in the Frenchman has also waned in recent times.
However, Juventus believe Edouard has the qualities to justify the valuation and won’t mind the price. The Frenchman is approaching the final 18 months of his current contract with Celtic, which could give the Serie A side an advantage in their pursuit of the player.
However, his price in January could prove problematic, given that Celtic are embroiled in a courageous title battle with Rangers.
Posted on Dec 26, 2020, 12:12 AM IST