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Liverpool, Chelsea on red alert after striker target admits ‘attraction’ to the Premier League

Jonathan David of Lille

Liverpool and Chelsea, along with fellow English clubs Arsenal and Tottenham, are on red alert after exciting striker Jonathan David made an admission about moving to the Premier League.

The Canada international spent time in the Ottawa ISC youth setup before moving to Belgian outfit Gent in January 2018. After gaining promotion to their first team that summer, he went on to register 37 goals and 15 assists in 83 matches.

David’s keen eye for goal alerted clubs all across Europe to his talent, but it was Lille who won the race for his signature in August 2020.

They paid around £24.3million to give the goalscorer his first shot at one of Europe’s top five leagues.

David hit 13 strikes in his debut campaign, helping Lille to win their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years. The 22-year-old also appeared in eight Europa League matches before the round of 32 defeat to Ajax.

David continues to make an impact in France. His record for the current campaign stands at 16 goals in 33 matches so far. That includes braces in league games against Strasbourg, Marseille and Monaco.

The 22-year-old is clearly good enough to make it at an elite club. And he could move to England this summer following his latest admission about the Premier League.

‘We will see’ – Jonathan David

During an interview with French outlet Jeunes Footeux (via, David said: “I’m under contract at LOSC. The most important thing for me is to finish the season as well as possible.

“What happens after that, we will see. The Premier League attracts everyone. It is the most competitive league in the world. It is a really good league.”

Liverpool were the first English side to set their sights on him. Back in December, they were reportedly planning a bid worth €50m (£41.6m).

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But undoubtedly there were going to be rivals in the transfer hunt and interest now stems from Chelsea, plus Arsenal and Tottenham.

Chelsea and Spurs were the most recent clubs to plot a move, as per reports on January 21.

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Agent has already weighed in on transfer

David’s agent, Nick Mavromaras, has already given his verdict on a potential transfer for his client.

The representative said back in December: “For us, the goal is to finish the season in Lille. But it will be his last season there for several reasons.

“I think the Premier League is a great option for him. I think he likes Spain a lot too because he likes the feeling of the ball and they are very technical players.

“These two leagues are a big priority for him, but nothing is excluded. You never know, with Paris Saint-Germain or the big Italian clubs.

“It’s normal that all these top clubs are interested in the top scorer in Ligue 1. But I can tell you that today, there is no official offer.”

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