Chelsea are reportedly ‘ready’ to launch a £51.5m bid for Lille centre-forward Jonathan David, who is also a target for Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are looking a little light in the striker department after summer signing Christopher Nkunku picked up a serious knee injury earlier this month.
Nkunku’s absence leaves Chelsea with Nicolas Jackson as their only fit striker, with Armando Broja still unavailable with an injury. The Albania international hasn’t featured since December last year.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Blues bring in a new centre-forward when the transfer window re-opens.
Now, reports suggest that they are poised to make a move for David. As mentioned, Tottenham considered a move for the Canadia in the summer window as Ange Postecoglou searched for a Harry Kane replacement.
As a result, we could potentially see a bidding war take place for David between Chelsea and Tottenham in January. Newcastle have also made enquiries about him in the past, so they could also throw their hat into the ring.
Chelsea ‘ready’ to make bid for David in January
According to reports from Spain (as cited by Football Talk), Chelsea are ‘ready ‘to launch a £51.5m bid for David.
The 23-year-old is widely considered to be one of the best strikers in France and is only expected to improve as he gains experience.
David netted an impressive 24 goals in 37 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille last season. Only Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe (28) and Lyon striker Alexandre Laczzette (27) scored more.
The striker has also started this season in a similar fashion, scoring two goals in four games so far. He has also made 42 appearances for Canada throughout his career, netting 25 times in the process, so there is certainly no doubting his quality.
With a goal scoring record like that, David could be exactly what Chelsea need to help them challenge for trophies again, so it will be interesting to see if they do make a £51.5m bid for him, as reported.
Tottenham’s interest in the Canadian is unlikely to go away, though, so the Blues will have to move quickly if they want to sign their top striker target.