Real Madrid have reportedly keen on securing the services of 21-year-old Canadian striker Jonathan David from Lille.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Jonathan David is the subject of interest from Real Madrid over a possible move in the future transfer window. The 21-year-old Lille striker is currently one of the most coveted strikers in Europe.
Jonathan David joined Lille from KAA Gent in August 2020 and has since evolved into a prolific striker. The Canadian striker played a pivotal role in Les Dogues’ shock Ligue 1 triumph in the 2020/21 season and has continued to go from strength to strength this term.
While Lille’s campaign has been one to forget thus far, David has 11 goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances, with his exploits capturing the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. And the 21-year-old has now popped up on the radar of Real Madrid.
Real Madrid’s priority targets to bolster their attacking unit are Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. Haaland is viewed as a possible long-term successor for Karim Benzema of the two world-class attackers. However, Real Madrid must keep contingency plans in place amid intense competition for the Borussia Dortmund striker if they cannot land him.
So, while Haaland reportedly prefers joining Real Madrid, it behoves Los Blancos to keep their options open. To that end, several strikers have been linked with the Spanish giants, with David now emerging as a possible backup target for Haaland.
According to Defensa Central, Real Madrid could propose a part-exchange deal to sign David, with Lille considering a move for Eden Hazard. The Ligue 1 champions’ president Olivier Letang recently refused to rule out a move for the Real Madrid misfit, and it will be interesting to see if the Merengues look at that as an opportunity to snap up David.
However, Real Madrid will need to be quick in launching the offensive for David, with the 21-year-old also a target for several other clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool and others. So, it remains to be seen if the Canadian attacker makes his way to the Santiago Bernabeu anytime soon and if a part-exchange deal sees the light of the day.