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Transfer news: Jimenez to Arsenal; David to Leeds

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The transfer window is now open for Premier League clubs as Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, while Canada’s Jonathan David has been linked with Leeds United.

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Starting in north London, Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to Arsenal who are said to be lining up replacements for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette who could both leave this summer.

According to a report from the Le10Sport in France, Jimenez is one of Arsenal’s top summer targets if both Aubameyang and Lacazette leave. With one year left on Aubameyang’s contract and Lacazette said to be keen on a move away, Arsenal would only have Eddie Nketiah remaining as a center forward option.

Jimenez, 29, has been in sensational form for Wolves over the last two seasons and has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and others. The Mexico star has always left his options open when talking about a transfer away from Wolves and the former Benfica and Atletico Madrid seems to want one more crack at an elite club in the Champions League.

If that is the case, is a move to Arsenal the right thing for Jimenez? Mikel Arteta is building something at Arsenal and the lure of living in London could appeal to Jimenez, but Wolves are a lot closer to challenging for a top four spot than Arsenal right now.

It will be intriguing to watch this situation unfold as Wolves have to now win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League next season and if they do that you feel like Jimenez will probably stay at Molineux. If not, there will be a mad scramble for Jimenez this summer.

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Staying with a forward from CONCACAF, Canadian sensation Jonathan David is being linked with a move to Leeds United.

According to his chairman at Gent, the 20-year-old striker is wanted by newly-promoted Leeds as Marcelo Bielsa aims to bolster his attacking options ahead of their Premier League return.

David scored 23 goals for Gent in 2019-20 and the striker is billed as one of the top young forwards in Europe with Gent said to be seeking $35 million for David.

“I have expressed my annoyance that contact has been made with Lille behind our back,” Gent chairman Ivan De Witte told De Zondag. “They have made a transfer impossible because of that, it is a bridge too far. Contacts were stopped this week, but other clubs are still interested, with much better proposals even, including Leeds.”

Leeds need extra attacking options as Patrick Bamford was their top goalscorer in their Championship title-winning season with 17 goals, and plenty of others chipped in. They have been linked with Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but David is obviously the better long-term option.

Bielsa’s side press high and create plenty of goalscoring chances and the one major criticism of the Argentine coach over the last two seasons has been that his team doesn’t finish enough chances.

David is a rising star and it seems likely he will end up in the Premier League in the next few seasons as he’d previously been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.

Report: Canada’s David agrees terms with Lille

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Linked with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Canadian starlet Jonathan David is opting to stay closer to his current club.

Gent playmaker David, 20, had been linked with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal with reports saying his agent was targeting a club somewhere between the quality of the Belgian top-flight and the UEFA superpowers, with Lazio, Porto, Ajax, Lyon, Everton, and Leicester City in that group.

If the reports are true, his agent is getting his way with David agreeing to terms with Ligue 1’s Lille, who are in the Europa League next year following a fourth place finish in France.

RMC reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi reports that Lille has offered $28 million to Gent, who would like to get $34 million. Seems like a bridge that can be crossed.

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It takes little more than an hour to drive from Gent to Lille.

The move could signal changes for Lille, who has a bevy of young attackers including American forward Timothy Weah, ex-Chelsea man Loic Remy, transfer rumor mill mainstay Victor Osimhen, and French youth international Jonathan Bamba amongst others.

David’s 18 goals tied for the Belgian league high with ex-Hull and Norwich man Dieumerci Mbokani, and scored five more goals in the Europa League including markers versus Saint-Etienne and Roma.

He has 37 goals and 15 assists in three seasons with the Belgian powers.

The Brooklyn-born David also has 11 goals in 12 caps for Canada, though those admittedly came against some of the minnows of CONCACAF.

2020 Golden Boy award shortlist announced

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The 2020 Golden Boy award shortlist includes Americans for the first time in two years, as two USMNT prospects were named amongst the top 100 players under the age of 21 in Europe’s top leagues.

Tuttosport has named Ajax’s Sergio Dest and Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna to the shortlist for the award. The last Americans to make the shortlist were Timothy Weah and Christian Pulisic in 2018.

Dest, 19, was recently named Ajax Talent of the Year and has already earned 35 senior appearances for the club with two goals and six assists. He’s thrice capped by the USMNT.

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Reyna, 17, has become a fixture in the Dortmund XI for Lucien Favre, regularly coming off the bench and displaying a knack for drawing fouls and tidy passing. The son of USMNT legend Claudio Reyna, “Gio” has a goal and an assist in 16 first team appearances.

Canada’s American-born Jonathan David (Gent) and Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) also make the cut, as does Mexican forward Diego Lainez (Real Betis).

Joao Felix beat Jadon Sancho to the 2019 honors, and it would be stunning if Reyna or Dest got much further in the process given the young talent on show this season. Erling Haaland and Sancho of Borussia Dortmund will be two of the favorites to emerge with the top billing.

Premier League talent everywhere

Starting with the first name on the alphabetical list, Premier League clubs made an impressive showing in the top 100.

Max Aarons of Norwich City is joined by Tino Anjorin (Chelsea), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Trae Coyle (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Man City), Eric Garcia (Man City), James Garner (Man Utd), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), Mason Greenwood (Man Utd), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Pedro Neto (Wolves), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham), Sepp van den Berg (Liverpool).

Transfer news: David to Man United, Arsenal; Kurzawa to Chelsea

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In the latest transfer news Man United and Arsenal have been linked with a move for Canadian striker Jonathan David, while Chelsea are linked with left back Layvin Kurzawa.

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According to HLN in Belgium, Premier League giants Man United and Arsenal are both keen on signing David. Per the report, Everton, FC Porto and Ajax are also interested in signing David, 20, but Ghent want at least $35 million for the promising striker. Over the last two seasons he has scored 30 goals in 60 games in the league, plus another seven in the Europa League for a total of 37 goals in 83 total appearances.

David arrived at Ghent’s academy in 2018 from the Ottawa Generals and has been a regular in the Belgian top-flight over the last two seasons. He has scored 11 goals in 12 games for Canada and alongside Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, they are two rising stars and huge hops for the Canadian national team.

Would a move to either Man United or Arsenal be a good move for David? It seems like a move to Man United is risky. Of course, it is Man United, but with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood around for the foreseeable future, he may struggle fo rminutes. A move to Arsenal is very interesting, especially with the future of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette uncertain.

David would have to compete with other young strikers Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah for a starting spot at Arsenal but Mikel Arteta is trying to build a young, hungry team and the Canadian international fits that mould. Most people would say that a move to Everton, Porto or Ajax would be a smart option as he’d be guaranteed more minutes but Arsenal could be a case of the right club and the right time for David. Will the Gunners be able to spend $35 million on him? That remains to be seen but if they do offload Lacazette and Aubameyang this summer and try to freshen up their attack with a talented youngster, there aren’t many forwards in Europe under the age of 21 who have been as prolific as David this season. Watch this space.

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Switching from north London to west London, a long-time Arsenal target has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

PSG left back Layvin Kurzawa, 27, is reportedly interesting Frank Lampard as the Blues continue to search for a new left back and reports in England and France say the Frenchman could be a much cheaper alternative compared to other options.

Chelsea have been linked with defenders Ben Chilwell, Nicolas Tagliafico, Achraf Hakimi and Nathan Ake, among many others, and sprucing up their defense is obviously key for Frank Lampard, as he also spends big on freshening up his attack.

Per the report, Kurzawa has held talks with both Arsenal and Chelsea and has also turned down the chance to move to Inter Milan.

Chelsea certainly need to get better defensively and Kurzawa is a sturdy full back who has considerable experience at both Monaco and PSG as he’s played in each of the last 11 seasons in France’s Ligue 1.

Canadian winger David linked with host of top European clubs

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Is Gent winger Jonathan David the next North American headed for a top five European league?

The Canadian playmaker is currently leading the Belgian First Division in goals, and his agent is saying this summer means the next step for the 20-year-old.

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David has 18 goals and eight assists in league play for Gent, adding five goals and two helpers in Europa League play.

Football.London says that David prefers a move to Bayern Munich, but this his agent prefers an interim club over a leap to a UCL club like the Bavarian side or Arsenal.

David has 11 goals in 12 caps for Canada, providing the Canucks with a flyer on the other side of Alphonso Davies (who’s with that aforementioned Bayern side, if you haven’t heard).

The gossip pages have also linked him with Lazio, Porto, Ajax, Lyon, Everton, and Leicester City.

Where’s the best spot for him? Well, it depends on how badly the biggest clubs want him, but a “second-tier” slot that still brings UEL would be dynamite for his growth.