Manchester United’s failure to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku has been a big talking point all season. This summer United will look to correct this, and the pressure is on to sign the right striker.
One option as reported last month by Cadena Ser is Valencia striker Maxi Gomez. But he’s scored just 10 goals this season.
A player who has enjoyed more success is Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard. The problem is the majority of his 24 goals and 16 assists have come in a far easier league.
The Daily Mail reported in early January that Edouard was on United’s shortlist, but the problem is that he’s untested at the very top level. If he is to be United’s chosen one, he’s no sure bet.
United’s ambition may be questioned by homing in on a striker playing in the Scottish Premiership, over all the many alternatives around Europe.
What can’t be argued with though, is Edouard’s ambition.
This week the 22-year-old was quoted by The Times and made some bold declarations.
He said: “I would like to become the best striker in the world; that’s it. One of the best strikers anyway. I don’t know when that will happen because I live day to day and I enjoy my life but we will see in time. We will see.”
With comments like that, the likely conclusion is that Edouard will look to depart Celtic this summer to test his quality at a higher level.
The former PSG starlet would be following in Moussa Dembele’s footsteps, who left the club for Lyon in 2018.
One of the knocks against Edouard may be that he scored just one goal in four Europa League games this season, although he does have two assists.
He has a chance to improve on this in the knockout stages against Copenhagen and possibly beyond.
In his favour is his big game record domestically. He has six goals six derby games against bitter rivals Rangers and two assists.
Edouard also struck a brace in the Scottish Cup Final last season to lead his side back from a goal down to beat Hearts 2-1.
Fits the plan
United’s philosophy over the past 18 months has been to target players who are on the rise in their careers.
Edouard would fit this category and is far more of a traditional centre-forward than Anthony Martial.
He has been prolific for France at youth level, with an incredible 11 goals in six games.
If United did spend a staggering £120 million on Jadon Sancho [Mirror], then a more modest sum would be available for a striker.
Edouard would be reasonably priced without being cheap, around £40 million maximum, more likely around the £30 million range dependent on how much competition there is for his signature.
His ambition is impressive. If he were to move to United, he would have the opportunity to establish himself as one of the very best, due to the exposure and worldwide attention he would receive.
He is used to a different type of pressure at Celtic, but the way he has replaced Dembele is very impressive. Whoever replaces Edouard will have big boots to fill.
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