REPORT: United, Chelsea, Arsenal And 2 Other PL Clubs Have Scouted 14 Goal Ligue One Ace In ‘Recent Weeks’

Manchester United are one of five Premier League teams who have been keeping an eye on Lille striker Jonathan David, according to HITC Football.

The website claims that the Red Devils, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham have sent scouts to watch the Canadian international in “recent weeks”.

Erik ten Hag’s side are expected to be in the market for a striker at the end of the season and, with David’s contract expiring in 2025, he could be available for a reasonable price.

Due to the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules, United will have to work within a tight budget and, with Lille set to listen to offers for their forward, it presents a good opportunity.

It has been reported that David’s valuation could go as low as €40m (£34m) and that would make him a very attractive target.

David is one of Europe’s most in-form strikers

The 24-year-old has scored 10 times in his last 11 appearances for Lille, which has taken his goal tally for the season to 14 in the league and 21 in all competitions.

It must be said that David is known for having dry spells in front of goal but, despite being pretty streaky, he is also useful in build-up play (he has 7 assists this campaign).

Who are the other forwards that United are looking at?

Bayern Munich’s Mathys Tel and Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise are known to be high up on the club’s list of targets for the summer transfer window, but both are more suited to roles in wide areas.

In terms of centre-forwards, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Brentford’s Ivan Toney and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko have been mentioned but it is believed that all three would still cost more than David.

For now, it appears that United only have a watching brief on the Canadian but that could change in the next few months.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.