Jonathan David has already made feelings perfectly clear on Chelsea and Tottenham

Lille's Canadian forward Jonathan David could be on the way to the Premier League
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Chelsea transfer target Jonathan David could be one step closer to a move to Stamford Bridge this summer after admitting that he "loves" the Premier League side.

The 24-year-old striker joined LOSC Lille back in 2020 for around €27million, and has continually been a talisman for the French side ever since. The Canadian scored 26 times and set a further nine up in the 2023/24 campaign, helping secure his side a fourth place finish in Ligue 1 - and his thirst for goals hasn't went unnoticed by Premier League clubs.

Reports suggest that Chelsea could be looking to make a move for the star striker - giving Nicolas Jackson competition for his place in the first team. And David has previously admitted that he is fond of the west London club too - telling former Belgium international Marc Degryse: "I love all teams in the Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, but also Southampton, Crystal Palace, Everton… I like nice teams."

He also appeared to rule a move out to Liverpool, though, adding: "I’m just not a big fan of Liverpool," albeit the Reds may not be looking to bolster their forward presence with Darwin Nunez, Mo Salah and Cody Gakpo in flying form. Chelsea will be in stiff competition to secure the services of David this summer however - with Manchester United, Spurs and West Ham all interested in securing his signature – however, the latter two London rivals of Chelsea were not named by David when he was speaking of clubs he admired.

Spurs are still looking to replace England captain Harry Kane with a complete striker, as Timo Werner and Richarlison hardly turned heads last season. And while Son Heung-min scored 17 and assisted 10, his best position remains on the left wing.

Manchester United are in dire need of an attacker going into the 2024/25 season, and David could be hopeful of joining the Red Devils this summer, previously telling Degryse "I believe you," when told that "Manchester United is something for you," by the former PSV man. While Rasmus Hojlund scored 16 for United last season, Erik ten Hag may be looking for someone a little more proven to drive them from a lacklustre eighth-place finish.

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Meanwhile, West Ham may be making enquiries into David's signature, with Michail Antonio and Danny Ings approaching their final seasons. The Mirror reports that entering the last year of his deal, David may be available on the cheap this summer. Lille would rather sell than lose him on a free in 2025.

He is likely to be let go for a price between £17million and £21million, despite a market value of around £51million if his contract was longer.

David continues to bolster his value at the current Copa America tournament for his native Canada - scoring in the side's 1-0 win over Peru on Tuesday. The crucial strike takes David's total goal tally for country up to 27 in 51 appearances, with Premier League managers sure to watch the tournament as it progresses to scout the youngster further before making an offer.