AC Milan will reportedly offer Celtic the chance to sign current loan star Diego Laxalt as part of a deal to take Odsonne Edouard to Italy.
Laxalt is on a season-long loan at Celtic Park from Milan. The left-back has made 13 starts among 17 Scottish Premiership appearances. However, he has fallen down the pecking order, with Greg Taylor preferred by interim Hoops boss John Kennedy.
It is not known if the Glasgow giants have any intention of trying to make his stay permanent. But, reports in Italy (via The Sun) claim the San Siro giants want to use him as bait to land Edouard.
Former France Under-21 ace Edouard has been prolific for the Bhoys since making the switch from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. He bagged 11 goals from 29 outings on loan in his first season north of the border and has been on fire since.
The French Guiana-born hitman now has 72 to his name from 134 appearances in all competitions. Unsurprisingly, a few clubs have taken note and Liverpool were linked just last month.
Leeds United and West Ham have also been mentioned in connection with the former Toulouse loan star. Milan coach Stefano Pioli is said to be a long-term admirer of the Edouard.
Reports in the Italian media claim the Rossoneri would make ‘an economic adjustment in favour of Celtic’ to do a deal. However, they value 28-year-old left-back Laxalt at around £8m and want him included in the deal to reduce their outlay.
It seems unlikely Celtic would do business with those numbers involved. Interest from the Premier League may well drive up Edouard’s value.
And incoming Hoops chief executive Dominic McKay has work to do to sort out the issue.
Milan want Edouard to back up legend
Zlatan Ibrahimovic retuned to Milan on a six-month deal for the second half of the 2019-2020 campaign. That was then extended for another season and the giant Swede has now tagged another year onto his contract.
He is still banging in the goals for the Serie A outfit, with 17 from 25 outings in all competitions this season. The former Manchester United striker has 28 in total since re-joining from LA Galaxy.
He shows no signs of slowing down but needs help up front and a young forward like Edouard fits the bill. But, with the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal also linked, it may be a non-starter.