Arsenal have received huge blows in bid to land Odsonne Edouard this summer after Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed they in talks with 22-year-old over a new contract with the club.
Edouard, 22, has two years left on his current deal but has been monitoring by Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester city this season.
The 22-year-old forward, who scored 22 goals in 27 league matches for Celtic this campaign, identified by Arsenal as a potential replacement for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The north London club are in market for new forward as Aubmayeng’s future at Emirates doubt – with the star striker soon entering the final year of his £200,000-a-week contract.
With talks over a new deal still yet to be finalised, Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of losing the 30-year-old on a free transfer next summer.
Reports circulate that they will only sell him if a £20million offer is put forward to them this summer and they identified Odsonne Edouard as potential replacement for Gabon international.
But according to Celtic manager Neil Lennon the Frenchman will stay at the club beyond next season.
Lennon said: ‘Yes, there are ongoing discussions at the minute with his representatives.
‘Ultimately he’s a player we want around. He’s a fantastic player. He’s really blossomed over the last couple of seasons.
‘He had a magnificent season this year and we want to keep him. It’s as simple as that.
‘We’re doing everything we can to keep him here for at least another season anyway.’