Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are now both competing for the signing of LOSC Lille’s striker Jonathan David this summer, according to L’Equipe.
Tottenham is reportedly considering bringing David on board as a gift for their upcoming new manager.
Currently, Tottenham is without a permanent head coach following the dismissal of Antonio Conte in March, with Ryan Mason serving as interim coach. Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding their managerial position, the club is actively pursuing David’s transfer.
Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain are also considering making moves for the Canadian international.
However, Lille is expected to demand €65m (£57.5m) for the 23-year-old, who is under contract until June 2025.
It is widely believed that David will leave Lille at the end of the current season. Arsenal is also considered a strong contender for his transfer, with Calciomercato.it reporting earlier in April that the club is targeting the star striker.
Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta hopes that the club’s stability and progress since his appointment in December 2019 will make them more appealing to David in comparison to Tottenham, which is still without a permanent coach.
Arsenal has also secured a spot in the Champions League for next season.
Tottenham still has a chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, but their odds are diminishing as their results falter.
David, praised as ‘special’ by former Scotland defender Steven Caldwell in February 2022, will likely require Champions League participation from his next team.