Back in June, Belgian news outlet HLN reported Manchester United had enquired over a move for Gent forward Jonathan David.
Interest in David is picking up, with GFFN reporting French side Lille are leading the race to try and get a deal done.
Here is a look at why United should make a late play to try and sign the prolific 20-year-old…
Affordable, young, and versatile
Three reasons themselves right here, Jonathan David fits the profile of player Manchester United are looking to sign.
At just 20, he is a big talent, scoring 23 goals for Gent this past season and supplying 10 assists.
Gent are not going to be demanding an extortionate fee. He would be available for under £30 million, and a talented young forward available at this price should be just the kind of back-up United are looking for.
David’s versatility has seen him play this season as both a centre-forward and an attacking midfielder. Land him, and United have a back-up for both Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.
Lille’s talent spotters know what they are doing
Interest from Lille and famed talent spotter Luis Campos should raise attention at Manchester United.
Lille raided Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League last summer for Victor Osimhen, paying just £12 million after a 20 goal season, and he has just been sold to Napoli for £80 million.
How about United make the move for Jonathan David now, rather than wishing we had done in a few months time, and considering paying £60 million for him next summer?
A bit of forward thinking never goes amiss, and Lille’s interest is a big red flag that Jonathan David is a player worth paying up for now.
Could be a global star
Born in New York, Jonathan David is actually an international for Canada.
He has been prolific at international level already in his career, netting 11 goals in 12 games.
Commercially he could be a notable addition in North America for United, and this is the type of signing which would appeal to Ed Woodward
United may be able to recover his transfer fee in shirt sales alone within a couple of seasons.
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