Arsenal ready to soften striker’s exit blow with destructive £17.5m hitman

Date published: Thursday 5th March 2020 1:50 - Jonny Whitfield

Arsenal are keeping tabs on Gent striker Jonathan David as they hunt for a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.

Aubameyang and Lacazette – the former especially – have become vital parts of the Gunners team in recent seasons, with the Gabon international sitting joint-top of this season’s Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals.

However, both have been heavily linked with a move away from North London this summer as their contracts enter their final stages.

Aubameyang is reportedly one of six players facing the axe by boss Mikel Arteta, while there is said to be a clause in Lacazette’s contract allowing him to leave if the 10th-placed Gunners fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

As such, Goal claims that Arsenal have put Canada international David – who club scouts have watched extensively this season – high up on their list of summer targets.

Scouts are said to have been impressed by the 20-year-old, who has scored 23 goals and assisted 10 others in 39 appearances this term and has netted 11 times in 12 outings for his country.

What’s more, it is claimed that a bid of around £17.5million will be enough to tempt Belgian side Gent into negotiating a deal.

However, while the striker is keen to move across Europe in the summer, he will reportedly choose his next destination very carefully to ensure he is given the most game time.

Should Arteta lose both Aubameyang and Lacazette this summer, Gabriel Martinelli has been a consistent performer for Arsenal this term while Eddie Nketiah has emerged as a first-team talent after impressive FA Cup showings.

 

 

In any case, Goal adds that David’s most likely next step will see him move to France or Germany.

It has been suggested in the past that Liverpool have sent scouts to watch David.

In other news, reports have claimed that the Gunners are interested in a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie and have made advances over a possible summer deal.

Kessie moved to Milan on a permanent basis last summer following a two-year loan spell with the club from Atalanta.

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