Leicester City’s manager Brendan Rodgers worked with Odsonne Édouard during three years at Celtic. Rodgers signed the sought-after forward for the Scottish side for a club-record £8m fee in 2018. The idea of working with Rodgers once again appealed to Edouard over the likes of Arsenal, Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur who were reportedly also wanting to sign the striker.
It is understood the deal will be officially rubber-stamped once Celtic confirm Ange Postecoglou as their new manager. UEFA approval is still needed to bring the Australian in, as the boss at Parkhead. Postecoglou managed Yokohama F. Marinos in the J-1 league, Japan and won the title with the club.
Leicester City are keen to improve their attacking arsenal this year which consists of Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ayoze Pérez. Ilheancaho and Edouard are considered long term inheritors of Vardy’s position in the Foxes’ squad as the 34-year old striker seems to be slowing down.
The French Guiana-born forward was at the apex of his value last summer after scoring 29 goals in 2019-20 to help his side secure a historic ‘Treble’ of domestic cups. This season, however, Édouard scored 22 goals despite Celtic’s poor form which saw their bitter rivals Rangers win the Scottish Football League with Steven Gerrard in charge as the manager. Neil Lennon resigned as manager of Celtic after this disappointing season.
Édouard could be sold to Leicester for a bargain deal of £18m this summer. The France U21 international has scored 74 goals in 139 matches in three seasons at Parkhead.