Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has called on Chelsea and Manchester United to pursue Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard ahead of Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.
Dembele was the subject of heavy interest from the Blues in the January transfer window, with a bid reportedly being rejected for the 23-year-old, but Nicholas thinks Frank Lampard would be better off going after Edouard instead, who has been lighting up the Scottish Premiership this season:
“Odsonne Edouard is good enough to go and play at a Chelsea or a Manchester United. I say that with some confidence. I think he could go into both their squads and make a real impact. That is how much ability he has. It is up to him how far he wants to go in his career. The sky’s the limit.”
“Why have I picked these clubs? Because they have both been linked with his former Celtic striker partner Moussa Dembele in recent months. For me, Edouard is a better footballer than the Lyon striker and his fellow Frenchman.”
Edouard has spoken out about interest from other clubs in recent days, stating he is flattered with links to big Premier League teams, but he is currently focused on playing for Celtic.
The France Under 21 international has scored 23 goals so far this campaign and he is playing a key role in his club’s attempts to secure a ninth straight league title.
Dembele, meanwhile, has bagged himself 19 goals for Lyon this season, and the fact that he is playing in a higher profile league may well tempt Chelsea into making a move for him instead.