John Barnes urges Arsenal and Leicester to sign Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard
John Barnes believes signing Odsonne Edouard from Celtic would be a ‘good move’ for both Arsenal and Leicester.
The 23-year-old, whose contract at Celtic expires at the end of next season, is the Scottish Premiership’s current top scorer with 16 goals in 27 games this term.
Reports in March claimed Leicester were close to agreeing a £15million deal to sign Edouard and the Foxes are still thought to be the favourites to snap him up.
However, The Telegraph say that Arsenal haven’t given up hope of persuading the Frenchman to move to the Emirates, with a fee between £15m-£20m expected to be enough to land him.
Brendan Rodgers worked with Edouard during his time as Celtic boss, and while Barnes insists the forward would be a good signing for both Arsenal and Leicester, he feels he’d likely be a better fit at the King Power Stadium.
‘Brendan Rodgers will know Odsonne Edouard, and with what Brendan Rodgers does [the style of football], he will probably fit more [at Leicester] than at Arsenal,’ former Celtic manager Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
‘He looks for players that fit into his systems, and he gets the best out of players who know their positions rather than looking for the superstar players and then fitting a team around them, just hoping it works.
‘So, Leicester would be a good move for him.
‘With Arsenal, you still have Aubameyang. As much as Lacazette and Aubameyang are there and Lacazette is a number nine, Edouard gives you that physical presence.
‘He is bigger and stronger, though maybe not a technically good as Lacazette.
‘Arsenal have also got lots of technical players, what they really need, is a presence in the box who is big and strong.
‘It would be a good move for both of those clubs if they could get him.’
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