Should Jonathan David keep up his goalscoring form for Gent then he’s going to be increasingly mentioned between now and the summer.
With 22 goals and ten assists in 32 games this season, the Gent player has inevitably been receiving transfer attention. In his last six Jupiler League games, David has scored 9 goals, including a hat-trick against STVV on Sunday, which helped his club to a 4-1 victory.
The 20 year old has been playing flexible roles in Belgium so far this season, operating as an attacking midfielder, centre forward, and occasionally a little further wide.
Last week there were several reports from Belgium about English interest, and now Manchester United have been tentatively edged into the picture.
Tuesday’s edition of HLN reports Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side regularly send scouts to watch matches at the Ghelamco Arena, with the hint being they can’t have missed what the youngster has been doing.
Whilst Manchester United watch a lot of players, comments from David’s agent also bring the club into the picture, although perhaps for the future, after a stepping stone elsewhere.
Nick Mavromaros is quoted as saying: “The progress he’s made since his debut in August 2018 is enormous. It is hard to determine where his limits lie. His ultimate goal is to turn out for one of the five best clubs in the world.
“He has been a childhood fan of Barcelona. Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea are just as much part of his dreams, but for the time being we must remain humble: the next step in his career cannot be too big. What Jonathan does in the Belgian league is fantastic, but he did not finish the match at AS Roma. On Thursday he will have the opportunity to show that he can also be decisive in Europe against major opponents. That must now be his first goal and his next step.”
Several clubs are credited with an interest, although unlike Manchester United, Chelsea aren’t named elsewhere in this report.
Gent claim to have received a January offer, from an unnamed club, for more than €25m, but turned it down.