Celtic secure the permanent signing of Odsonne Edouard
Celtic have announced the signing of Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract. The 20-year-old impressed for the Hoops on a temporary basis last season with 11 goals in 29 appearances and he has now re-joined them on a permanent deal which has cost around a record fee of around £8m.
Speaking after the striker’s arrival, Rodgers said: “Odsonne is one of the best young players I have worked with and one of the best in Europe. Our fans saw exactly what he is capable of last season and we look forward to working with him again as we look to build on the tremendous success we achieved last year.”
Meanwhile, Odsonne himself was pleased about the transfer after witnessing the Hoops secure another domestic treble. The Frenchman had become a fan favourite during the second half of the previous campaign and he has now admitted that he was desperate to seal the move, he said: “I was desperate to make my move permanent. To see our fans so happy is the reason you play football and now we want to do everything we can to bring our great supporters even more success.”
Edouard becomes Celtic’s second signing of the summer transfer window following the capture of goalkeeper Scott Bain on a free transfer. Regardless of this, Rodgers is expected to continue with the club’s transfer business for the summer and the Northern Irishman has confirmed that the club are looking three to four candidates who could strengthen the squad.
Celtic are scheduled to play their first competitive game as early as next month with their Champions League campaign starting from the first qualifying round. Meanwhile, the defence of their Scottish Premiership title begins on August 4 where they host newly promoted Livingston at Parkhead. Over the past two seasons, Celtic have won every domestic silverware up for grabs.