Who is reported Manchester United target Jonathan David?

Manchester United are scouting Gent striker Jonathan David, report The Mail.

David is attracting attention with his impressive performances in the Jupiler Pro League.

The report states Gent value the striker at a price of £18 million. So who is Jonathan David and what do we know about him?

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Key facts

  1. David has scored 18 goals in 25 games this season for Gent, while also providing eight assists. Nine of his goals have come in his last six games. He has already eclipsed the eight goals and four assists he contributed last season.
  2. David is just 20-years-old and is under contract until 2023. Gent signed him in January 2018 from Canadian side Ottawa Internationals.
  3. Nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ because of his composure in front of goal, David is already the reigning Canadian Player of the Year.
  4. David was born in New York and rejected the chance to play for USA. He has 11 goals in 12 games for Canada national team, already making him the country’s fourth highest ever goalscorer.
  5. He has a three goal lead at the top of the Jupiler Pro League Golden Boot rankings. The highest figure the winner has ended up with in the last 15 years is 25. David is on 18 and has a chance to eclipse this.


Heavy competition

Jonathan David is emerging as one of the hottest properties in world football and there is real competition for his signature.

L’Equipe reported last month that Lyon, Ajax, Porto and Benfica were all keen.

Each of these clubs have a proven track record of developing talent and there is a chance David may consider Manchester United to be a step too soon in his career.

Jeunes Footeaux reported Arsenal, Everton and Leicester have each expressed interest.

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Would he suit United?

David is similar to Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in that he can operate as a central striker and out wide.

This would make him a good fit alongside our current options as the positions can all be interchangeable.

A move would be a gamble considering David’s young age and that he has not been tested at a higher level.

United need to measure him up against other quality strikers available this summer. A more proven option may be preferred.

But after missing out on one sensation in Erling Haaland for a bargain price, United will be anxious not to miss out on another, especially if Premier League competitors step up interest.

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