Man Utd join Arsenal in pursuit of £23m Canadian striker

Will Ford
Jonathan David Gent

Manchester United and Arsenal have held talks over a move for Genk striker Jonathan David, according to a Belgian football expert.

The 20-year-old has scored 18 league goals and provided eight assists this season.

His form has led to both United and Arsenal holding talks with his agent, Nick Mavromaras, according to Belgian football journalist, Pieter-Jan Calcoen.

The uncertainty over the futures of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette may prompt Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to strengthen his forward line, with Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic also linked with a move to the Emirates.

Arsenal are long-term admirers of the Canadian international, and have frequently sent scouts to monitor his performances in the Jupiler Pro League.

While United’s need for a striker may not be as great as Arsenal’s, with Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood providing ample support for Marcus Rashford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still likely to make a move for a striker after his aggressive pursuit of Erling Haaland ended in disappointment in January.

Genk are said to have no intention of selling their star on the cheap and while it was previously reported that a fee of around £17.5million could tempt them into selling, the Belgian club are now reportedly only listening to offers over £23million.