Arsenal in talks with agent to complete transfer deal for £17.5m forward

Arsenal have already initiated preliminary talks with the agent of Canadian striker Jonathan David, according to reports in HLN.

The 20-year-old who plays for Gent in the Belgian League has been in fine form this season scoring 23 goals in 40 games.

The forward has been one of the best players in the Belgian League this season with his pace and skills proving to be too much for the opposition. He has made his mark in the Europa League as well this season.

The report states that Arsenal have opened exploratory talks with David’s agent Nick Mavromaras. The North London club have been scouting the forward for a while now.

It further claims that the Belgian side aren’t willing to let their prized asset leave on the cheap but a fee of around £17.5million could convince them. Manchester United are also interested but don’t need the forward as much as their Premier League rivals due to the presence of Odion Ighalo.

The Gunners on the other hand could really do with a talented forward if one of their experienced strikers leaves. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has less than 12 months left in his contract and as a result of that, he has been linked with a move away from the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette on the other hand has been in and out of the team and there were reports that he could be on his way to Spain and join Atletico Madrid.

At the age of 20, David is a player that is yet to reach his full potential and this will surely be an exciting factor for the Gunners. Of course, a transfer also depends on what happens to the more senior forwards so we will have to wait and watch in that regard.

Apart from a striking role, David can play in a deeper position which will give Mikel Arteta more options to play around with.

David along with Alphonso Davies are thought to be the future of Canadian football so it would be quite a coup for the Gunners to land such a major talent.

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