By Danny Mills

29th Jul, 2021 | 12:00pm

Mills hails 'market forces' as Celtic bid nearly breaks their record

Danny Mills has tipped Celtic to charge Brighton & Hove Albion a premium for any potential Odsonne Edouard deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender likened the situation to when Liverpool paid £35million to Newcastle United for Andy Carroll in January 2011.

The Reds paid over the odds for the striker because they had just sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50million.

Brighton are in a similar situation after Fabrizio Romano reported today (28 July) Ben White’s move to Arsenal is “complete and confirmed”.

The Gunners have paid the Seagulls a £50million fee for the centre-back.

The Daily Record reported today that Brighton have offered an £18.5million fee, plus at least £3.5million of performance-related add-ons, for Edouard.

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That is just £3m short of the Celtic record transfer fee of £25m secured for Kieran Tierney when he joined Arsenal last year.

Asked whether Celtic could be tempted to ask for more knowing Brighton have money in the bank, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Without a doubt.

“It’s like suddenly ‘We can’t pay this because we haven’t got any money’. ‘Hang on a minute, you’ve just been paid £50million. You can, the price goes up’.

“Go back to the Fernando Torres-Andy Carroll deal back in the day. With no disrespect, Andy Carroll was never a £35million striker but it was because the Torres fee was so inflated. It’s market forces, it’s what happens.”

Celtic will also want to get the best deal possible because the Record report they owe Paris Saint-Germain 40 per cent of any fee generated.

Edouard moved to Parkhead from PSG in 2017, initially on loan, before the deal was made permanent the following summer.

In other news, Celtic have been told to swoop for a Spurs player they wanted last year after confirmed news.