Jonathan David’s eight-word claim about Liverpool after being linked to Premier League

Lille's Canadian forward Jonathan David could be on the way to the Premier League
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While Jonathan David could make the move from Ligue 1 to the Premier League this summer, it looks highly unlikely that Liverpool will sign the star striker.

The 24-year-old talisman joined Lille back in 2020 for the sum of €27million, and has continually put the ball in the back of the net for his side no matter the competition. The Canadian scored 26 times and set a further nine up in the 2023/24 campaign, helping secure them a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1.

And it's only a matter of time until clubs of England's top tier come a knocking to acquire his services. But any Merseyside-based David fans may be disheartened to know that the Canadian isn't too fond of the Reds.

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Speaking to former Belgium international Marc Degryse in a 2020 interview with Het Laatste Nieuw, he said: "I love all teams in the Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, but also Southampton, Crystal Palace, Everton... I like nice teams."

But in the same heart-breaking breath, he added: "I'm just not a big fan of Liverpool." It seems unlikely that Liverpool will be looking to bolster their striking set up further this season, with Darwin Nunez, Mo Salah and Cody Gakpo in fine form ahead of the 2023/24 campaign - but David joining a rival side could spell trouble when the Reds come to play them.

Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham are all reported to be eyeing a move for David - who is currently representing Canada at the Copa America - but fierce Liverpool rivals Manchester United are also said to be keen on bringing him to Old Trafford. A few years ago, ex-PSV man Degryse told him: "Do not go from Gent to a small club.

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"Rather wait. Something big will come. And that top club will come. I think Manchester United is something for you – I’m sure you will be there in about a year and a half. Believe me." To which, David admitted: "I believe you."

While Rasmus Hojlund managed to score 16 for United last season, Erik ten Hag may be looking for a more proven poacher to ease their woes in front of goal next season.

It's reported that as David enters the final year of his contract, Lille may rather sell him in the summer than let him go on a free next year. Despite a whopping market value of £51million, it is said that he is likely to leave the club for a price between £17m and £21m.