Lille 22-year-old Jonathan David remains on Arsenal’s shortlist of centre-forward targets and they are apparently ‘ahead’ in discussions.

LILLE, FRANCE: Jonathan David of Lille celebrates scoring a goal which is later disallowed by VAR during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Lille OSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Lars Baron / Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE: Jonathan David of Lille celebrates scoring a goal which is later disallowed by VAR during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Lille OSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Lars Baron / Getty Images)

Football.London report that Jonathan David is one of the centre-forward options Arsenal are looking at ahead of the summer transfer window, along with the more widely reported names like Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Calciomercato claim Arsenal are ‘ahead in discussions’ for the young forward, with the Ligue 1 side said to be very happy at the thought of cashing in on him.

Speaking to Radio Canada in January, David’s agent Nick Mavromaras said the player will finish the current campaign with Lille, but he’s on the way out after that.

“For us, the goal is to finish the season with Lille, but this will be his last season there for several reasons,” Mavromaras said.

“I think the Premier League is a great option for him. I think he likes Spain a lot too.

“These two leagues are the main priorities for him, but nothing is being ruled out.

“You never know with Paris Saint-Germain or the big Italian clubs. It’s normal that all these big clubs are interested in the top scorer in Ligue 1, but I can tell you that, today, there’s no official offer.”

Jonathan David wearing a Thierry Henry shirt
Jonathan David wearing a Thierry Henry shirt

The Evening Standard previously reported that Arsenal are scouting a number of different options up front, with David on their shortlist.

Goal claim Arsenal are long-term admirers of David, and mention Arsenal’s strong relationship with the French club, following the deals for Gabriel Magalhaes and Nicolas Pepe.

David has made a strong start to life in France, scoring 16 goals so far this season. He’s on a bit of a drought at the moment, with no club goals since his final game in 2021.

The Canadian international has been prolific for his country, scoring 20 and assisting 11 in his 27 international appearances.

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