Arsenal planning shock move for 21-year-old Ligue 1 centre-forward

Lille centre-forward Jonathan David has gone on the record to speak about the London giants, a club he is also strongly tipped to join in the near future. Canada international is a New York-born striker who represents Canada on the international stage but also turns out in France’s top-flight for Christophe Galtier’s Lille.

Despite only making his debut for Lille at the start of this campaign, Jonathan has already gone on to feature in 29 games, in all tournaments and has racked up nine-goal contributions along the way.

In light of David’s impressive breakthrough, the report had talked up the possibility of the youngster making a shock switch to either Man United or Arsenal. However, in light of the speculation, the 21-year-old striker has addressed the rumours himself.

Speaking in a recent interview with the Canadian centre-forward, when asked about Gunners, said: “European clubs made me dream. I watched Barca a lot, Wenger’s Arsenal, with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I might not have been ready in my head. But that was the only option, the goal from the start.”

“I knew there would have to be sacrificed. It was then that I met Nick Mavromaras, my agent, who had the contacts.” Jonathan is currently valued at £27m and should he continue in his projected development, could see his price-tag rocket even higher.

Should Gunners make their move, fans should surely expect them to do so once the summer window opens, so as to avoid paying over the odds further down the line.