Report: Arsenal could sign £45m striker this summer after agent revelation


Arsenal will be looking for at least one new forward in the upcoming transfer windows and they’ve been boosted by the news that one of their targets is leaving his club at the end of the season and will be considering a move to the Premier League.

The futures of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah appear in doubt, certainly beyond this season, as Arsenal and Mikel Arteta look to assemble a new set of attacking options to take this team back into the top four. 

The Gunners have been boosted by the news that £45million-rated Jonathan David wants to leave Lille at the end of the season. 

“For us, the goal is to finish the season in Lille, but it will be his last season there for several reasons,” David’s agent, Mavromaras, told Radio Canada. 

“I think the Premier League is a good option for him. I think that he likes Spain a lot also because he likes the feeling of the ball and the very technical players.

The Mirror are linking both Arsenal and Liverpool as possible suitors in the Premier League. Arsenal have a good working relationship with Lille, after signing both Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes from them in recent seasons. 

Arsenal have previously been linked with a move for David when he played for Genk, before moving to Lille in the summer of 2020.

David is just 21-years-old, but has already made himself one of the main strikers in European football, currently the top scorer in Ligue 1 amongst immense competition with 12 goals in 15 starts and 4 sub appearances. 

He’s also scored a mightily impressive 18 goals in 24 caps for his country, Canada. 

Of all of Arsenal’s current crop of forwards, David probably bears closest resemblance to Alexandre Lacazette. Similarly to Lacazette, David can operate as more of a second striker, with his ability to link the midfield and attack a clear quality. David is nearly 10 years younger than Laca though, and with that comes extra pace, power and ultimately more goals. 

The one area David will need to develop to be a real hit in the Premier League would be his strength and hold up play. If Arsenal were to bring in two forwards, David may make sense as one of them, but the other option should probably be a more physical player, maybe even a target man. 

It will be really interesting to see who Arsenal dip into the market for to lead their line next season. David looks like a real possibility given his availability and desire to move to the Premier League.

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