Arsenal to move for prolific £30m frontman to replace Aubameyang

Rob McCarthy

Arsenal are reportedly considering a summer move for Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard as they aim to build ahead of next season.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to add to his frontline this summer, regardless of what the future holds for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

And a report in the Sunday Mirror claims that Hoops hitman Edouard is in his sights, having scored 61 goals in 125 appearances since his arrival from PSG in 2018.

The 22-year-old, who has been capped six times by France at Under-21 level, has scored 27 times this season and helped Celtic to move 13 points clear ahead of closest rivals Rangers at the top of the table before the season was suspended.

Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Leicester and Everton are also said to have run checks on the £30million-rated youngster, and the Gunners could be set to take part in a transfer tug-of-war.

In a recent interview with Virgin Media Sport, however, Edouard did not appear to be in any hurry to move on from Parkhead, and spoke of how much he was enjoying his time playing in Scotland.

When asked how he felt to play at Celtic Park, he said: “It’s something incredible. When we go home after it’s been an unforgettable night and when we play at Celtic Park on a European night, I really enjoy the atmosphere.

“I really appreciate what the fans do and I hope it continues that way.”

Aubameyang, 30, will only have a year remaining on his contract come June and has been linked with a £50m move to the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona – should the Gunners decide that they want to cash in on the player rather than lose him for nothing.



Lacazette’s Arsenal future has also been thrown into doubt, having only scored seven Premier League goals all season, while the club are expected to turn more of their focus towards young guns Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli.

Adding the slightly more experienced Edouard into that mix would give Arteta a nice rotation of young, hungry strikers to call on next season – if he was to lose either Aubameyang or Lacazette.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been urged to target Burnley striker Chris Wood if they need to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette this summer. Read more…