Celtic transfer news bulletin as Odsonne Edouard price tag 'set' by Crystal Palace while Kenan Piric leaves door open

Celtic transfer news bulletin as Odsonne Edouard price tag 'set' by Crystal Palace while Kenan Piric leaves door open

Crystal Palace are reportedly willing to sell Odsonne Edouard - but Celtic may have to stump up a mega-money offer if they are to bring him back to the club this summer.

Brendan Rodgers is preparing the Scottish Premiership champions for the Champions League group stage next season as he looks to make his mark on Europe - and social media swirls have exploded in recent hours that the Frenchman could be reuniting with his old boss by making his return to Celtic Park from the English Premier League. The 26-year-old was on the fringes of the Palace squad last term - being used sparingly following the arrival of Oliver Glasner in the dugout and netting just eight goals last term.

The boss appears to have made his decision on Edouard and the club will reportedly attempt to move him on from Selhurst Park this summer. However, that is set to come with a big financial outlay for any potential suitor.

Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace
Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace -Credit:Getty Images

The South London Press state the Eagles value the striker "at around £20million" having spent £14million to take him from Celtic Park in 2021. Edouard is out of in the summer at the end of next season and Palace want to use the sale to "supplement" Glasner's summer rebuild.

It would be a surprise to see Celtic hit that price tag in this window - but former Parkhead star Andy Walker has predicted a "signature statement" from the club this summer. He reckons Rodgers will be calling for the club to flex their "financial muscle" to send a message to Rangers going into next season.

He told Go Radio: “Going back to what Brendan Rodgers said pretty much halfway through the season before the narrative changed, he wanted a bit of quality, then he was quite happy to work with what he’s got, but I think he’s shown he knows what he’s doing. He’s an elite coach and he knows how to be successful, especially here in Scotland and to win trophies.

“I’d be really surprised if Celtic didn’t make some sort of signature statement with a big signing, telling Rangers what they’re capable of, flexing that financial muscle that they have, and I’m sure that they’ll get at least three or four names that everybody knows about.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Kenan Piric (12)
Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Kenan Piric (12) -Credit:Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A top signing priority for Celtic will be replacing Joe Hart after the No. 1 hung up his gloves last season. Bosnia and Herzegovina keeper Kenan Piric is the latest to be touted as a potential recruit this summer. The Daily Star state that the 29-year-old has been "watched" by the Hoops in recent months and is now a free agent after leaving Cyprus outfit AEK Larnaca.

Speaking while on international duty - as Piric prepares to face Italy this weekend - he left the door open for his next destination. He said: "We’re in the shop window, with the chance to show our qualities. I’ve just had two good seasons with Larcana and now want to challenge myself in one of Europe’s top leagues."