Manchester United and Arsenal target Jonathan David reveal he wants to come to Lille from Ghent: ‘My next step is Ligue 1’
- Jonathan David is determined: he wants to move to Lille this summer
- The striker impressed this period with 18 goals in 27 games in the Pro League
- However, Ghent gets stuck on the £ 23.5 million bid in Lille for the Canadian star
Manchester United and Arsenal will miss Jonathan David, with the Ghent striker about to move to Ligue 1 with Lille.
The New York-born Canadian caught his eye on his deadly finish this season, scoring 18 goals in 27 games to become the joint top scorer with Royal Antwerp veteran Dieumerci Mbokani.
David ignores the interest of the Premier League giants and is desperate for Ghent to accept Lille’s £ 23.5 million offer this summer.
Ghent striker Jonathan David is determined to move to Lille, France, this summer
The Canadian shot 18 goals in the Jupiler Pro League and also impressed in the Europa League
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faces the Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang that will be leaving this summer
“Yes, I want to come to Lille. I have had a very good season, my next step is Ligue 1, ” said David L’Equipe.
“And the football project in Lille is fantastic. They are a very good team in France.
“I already speak French. That will help during my adjustment period and Lille is geographically very close to Ghent. That way I can focus on the field. ‘
Arsenal will face Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s likely departure this year if they fail to secure European football, while Manchester United want to add depth in advance.
Ghent is stopping the sale of their key figure, sticking to a wider range and irritating David
While David may have made a decision, Ghent has not, and the two major English rivals may still have little hope of landing the 20-year-old this summer as the Belgian party holds out for a £ 28 million bid .
Conversations are difficult. The club says they want to keep me or sell me at a price that I don’t think is realistic when you consider the Covid-19 situation, ”added David.
“That complicates the negotiations, but at least I made it clear that I want to go to Lille.
David would join an impressive talent factory in Lille after producing Eden Hazard
“They told me they wouldn’t block me. In the beginning it went faster. Now everything has slowed down as if they are waiting for a better offer.
“I don’t know where it should come from.”
If David moves to Lille, he’s in good hands to continue his development, with the French side providing a launch pad for Eden Hazard, Benjamin Pavard, Divock Origi and Frank Ribery, among others.