Chelsea join £20m Jonathan David transfer scrap as Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham eye star
Chelsea have joined the £20million race to land Canadian strike ace Jonathan David from Belgian club Gent this summer. Blues boss Frank Lampard has been impressed by reports on American born David who is the leading scorer in Belgian First Division A with 18 goals in 25 games.
Without a doubt: Jonathan is ready for the next step
Express Sport understands the Blues had a spy in the stands to see David, who moved to Canada when he was six, score against Roma as Gent failed to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
Lampard, who is preparing a mass clear out of his squad at the end of the season, wants to bolster his strike force, and David is keen to move to a bigger league.
Premier League champions-elect Liverpool also checked him out along with Manchester United, Tottenham and Champions League-chasing Leicester City.
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Aston Villa, Wolves, Southampton, and West Ham United all had scouts at the game as well to watch David, who has scored 11 goals in 12 games for Canada.
David, who scored 14 goals in his first season in the Gent first team, already has 24 to his name in all competitions this time around.
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David’s agent Nick Mavromaras this week talked up the chances of the 20-year-old leaving Gent when the transfer window opens.
“Without a doubt: Jonathan is ready for the next step,” Mavromaras said. “Gent has boosted his career, the club did a lot for him.
“I understand that they would like to keep him longer, but Jonathan wants to go ahead. The Belgian league is fantastic for young players, but the moment for the next step arrives and this will come in the summer.”
Mavromaras suggested a move to a middling club, rather than one of Europe’s giants, might be better for his client.
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“His final target is to play for one of the best five clubs in the world,” Mavromaras said. “But for now, we have to stay humble.
“The next step in his career can’t be too big. For example, Arsenal. There we speak about the top five in the Premier League.
“The next step has to be an intelligent one. There, this would possibly be a step too big at the moment. The whole package has to be right. An intermediate step can be better sometimes.”
David will be in action on Sunday evening when second-place Gent take on Cercle Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium and look to close the gap on league leaders Club Brugge.
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