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Arsenal and Man Utd target Jonathan David agrees Lille move

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Jonathan David has opted to switch to France ahead of next season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal and Manchester United are among a host of Premier League clubs to be left disappointed as Jonathan David agrees a move from Gent to Lille.

The 20-year-old Canadian has become one of the hottest young talents in Europe thanks to his goal-scoring feats in Belgium.

The young forward has scored 37 goals in his first 83 games for Gent, since making his debut for the club in August 2018, he has also netted 11 times in just 12 caps for Canada.

Unsurprisingly, bigger clubs began to circle and both Arsenal and Man Utd were reported to have held initial talks over a move, while Leicester City, Leeds, Brighton and Crystal Palace all showed an interest as well.

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However, Lille have won the race for his signature, bringing in the striker for £27m, a club record deal, according to Goal.

David is seen as the replacement for Victor Osimhen, who has left Lille for Napoli this summer in a £50m deal.

Arsenal saw David as a useful target if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were to leave this summer, but the Gunners are now going all out to keep hold of the Gabon international, offering him a huge new contract to stay.

Reports suggest Aubameyang has been offered around £300,000-a-week to extend his stay in north London and manager Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of him.

There is still one year left on his contract, but if he does not want to sign a new deal, the club will likely look to cash in on him this summer.

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