Arsenal and Everton face Barcelona battle in Jonathan David transfer race

Posted Friday, April 03, 2020 by

Arsenal and Everton have been linked with a move for Gent forward Jonathan David, but the Premier League duo will now face competition from Barcelona for his signature

Arsenal and Everton will face competition from Barcelona for £22m-rated Gent forward Jonathan David.

With doubts about the future of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, the Gunners have put Canada star David on their radar.

And the 23-goal striker is also on a long list of potential targets being monitored by Everton director of football Marcel Brands.

But Barcelona have now made a move for the 20-year-old, who has been watched by Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven this season.

Arsenal and Everton face Barcelona battle in Jonathan David transfer race
David is attracting attention after scoring 23 goals for Gent this season (Image: REUTERS)

David is under contract until 2023 but is expected to hit the market this summer, when he will be sold to the highest bidder.

Tipped by some to become the next Erling Haaland, David can play at centre forward, as a support striker, or even as an attacking midfielder.

Born in New York, David snubbed the chance to play for the USA and now has 11 goals in 12 caps for Canada.

Arsenal and Everton face Barcelona battle in Jonathan David transfer race
And Barcelona are set to go head-to-head with Arsenal and Everton for his signature (Image: GETTY)

He grew up a big fan of Ronaldinho and Barcelona have already held talks with his representatives in a bid to beat their rivals to his signature.

Gent turned down what would have been a club record fee for David from an unnamed bidder in January and are holding out for at least £22m.

But before the news of Barca’s interest, Arsenal and Everton were told he could be available for as little as £13m because of the coronavirus crisis.

David’s agent is on record saying his client is ready for the next step in his career and favours a move to the Bundesliga.

But the player, who insists he wants to become one of the best strikers in the world, talked up a move to England this week.

He said: “The Premier League is the best in the world and most competitive so obviously that is somewhere I would love to play in the future.”

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