Arsenal using Kieran Tierney transfer tactic to seal Odsonne Edouard signing

Arsenal have proposed an offer to Celtic for Odsonne Edouard similar to when they signed Kieran Tierney last year, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry. Edouard has emerged as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette if the Frenchman was to leave Arsenal. Arsenal have reportedly had a bid of £15million turned down for the Celtic frontman.

McGarry says the Gunners have returned with a second offer of £20m plus add-ons.

However, he claims Arsenal are only willing to pay the fee in installments, similar to the Tierney deal.

Arsenal signed Tierney in August 2019 for a fee of £25m plus add-ons.

“It’s our information that there is an interest from Arsenal in Odsonne Edouard, the France [youth] international striker currently at Celtic,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.

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“A player who has been monitored by Arsenal for some time.

“Twenty-eight goals in the previous season, a player who has not featured very greatly, interestingly enough, so far in the current campaign for Celtic.

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“It’s our information that the initial offer from Arsenal was £15m, which was rejected by Celtic.

“That offer has since been increased to £20m with add-ons up to the value of another £2.5m.

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“However, the payment would be staged over four years, something which of course we saw last season with the transfer of Kieran Tierney to the Emirates.

“Celtic would prefer to have a much bigger payment up front.”

Lacazette started and scored for Arsenal in their opening day win over Fulham on Saturday.

And the 29-year-old insisted he is happy at the club despite links with Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

“I am really happy [at Arsenal],” Lacazette said. “It is only the press and other people that say I am not.

“I want to play and win titles. We want to be aggressive with and without the ball and improve every aspect of our game.”

Arsenal beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage and Lacazette was delighted with how the season has started.

“It was the best way to start the season,” Lacazette added.

“We wanted to win and have a clean sheet and respect what the coach wanted. Everyone is happy.

“He wants us to be perfect. We worked in the week for this kind of game. We have a lot of big ambitions. I want to help the team to be on top, I know it is my job.”

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