Arsenal to ‘battle’ Leicester for Celtic striker Edouard

Arsenal will ‘battle’ Leicester City for the signing of Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard this summer as the north London side look to bolster their attacking options.

Edouard has been routinely linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months and is expected to leave Celtic at the end of the season, the 23-year-old set to enter the final year of his contract this summer.

The forward has scored 83 goals in just 108 appearances since moving to Glasgow from Paris Saint-Germain and is the leading scorer in the Scottish Premier League this season.

Edouard’s contract situation means a fee of between £15m and £20m is likely to be enough to prise him from Parkhead, with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers reportedly keen to reunite with a player he previously coached north of the border.

Leicester are keen to sign a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy and have identified Edourard as a potential transfer target, though the Telegraph are reporting that Arsenal have joined the race.

Mikel Arteta is keen to overhaul his forward line with uncertainty surrounding the futures of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun, though the Gunners’ financial strength will be determined over the remainder of the current campaign.

Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League and are seven points adrift of the top six, though remain in contention for the Europa League ahead of this week’s quarter-final second leg meeting with Slavia Prague.

Securing European qualification may be key to their hopes of luring Edouard to the Emirates, as the Gunners register their interest in a player who has scored a record 17 goals in 13 appearances for France at U21 level.

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