Thierry Henry has already explained why Chelsea should consider cut-price transfer

Thierry Henry, former Arsenal, FC Barcelona and France player looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2023
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Jonathan David is being strongly considered by Chelsea as the club look to bring a new centre-forward to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues are scouring the transfer market for a new central striker to add competition and support for Nicolas Jackson. The Senegalese striker played 44 times for the west Londoners in all competitions last season in what was his debut campaign at the club. understands when Chelsea signed Jackson from Villarreal just under 12 months ago, the club's plan was to ease him into Premier League action. However, because of the circumstances last term that saw Christopher Nkunku miss the majority of his debut season through injury, Chelsea were over reliant on Jackson.

The January transfer window was a very quiet period not only for Chelsea, but the entirety of the Premier League. Not a lot of money was spent at all in comparison to previous windows. It seemed the majority of clubs were being extremely cautious because of the Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

Now, though, Chelsea are looking to strengthen their attacking line for the incoming Enzo Maresca. The Italian, who was appointed as head coach on a five-year contract earlier in the month, will want the club's transfer business to be done as early as possible before the new season starts in August.

After missing out on Benjamin Sesko, Chelsea turned their attention to Jhon Duran. Interest in the Colombian has since cooled, though, with some concerns over the 20-year-old's attitude, understands, as well as his wage demands.

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A deal for Duran is not completely off the table as of yet, although it is looking more and more unlikely now. The possibility of signing Samu Omorodion from Atletico Madrid was floated as well, although the Spaniards quickly made it clear to Chelsea about their stance over the 20-year-old striker and how they would not allow him to leave this summer - with the Blues unlikely to meet his €80million (£67.6million release clause).

So, for now at least, Chelsea have turned some of their attention to David. The 24-year-old striker is someone that has been on the club's radar for multiple years as he continues to impress over in France with Lille.

The Canadian forward bagged 26 goals for the French club in all competitions throughout the 2023/24 season and with just over 12 months remaining on his contract, speculation over his future is inevitable. understands David is looking to leave Lille this summer and Stamford Bridge is a possible destination for the New York-born Canada international, who could be available for a cut-price deal this summer given his contract situation.

David is very highly rated around the globe - and by some big names, too. A man who knows a thing or two about what makes a top striker, Thierry Henry, is a big fan of the Lille forward - as he revealed in 2022.

Speaking on CBS Sports, Henry said this on David: "When you have a player like Jonathan David, who runs the way he does, in behind. His directness. Don't ask him to come to play or assist because he has none this season.

"If he sees the centre-back dropping, then he will go in behind. But as soon as he sees there is a gap, he will run and he is also pretty strong too and he loves contact."

David is currently in the United States representing Canada at Copa America. The forward took part for the Canadians against Argentina on Friday as the reigning World Cup winners won 2-0.

Enzo Fernandez was an unused substitute for the Argentines, who won via goals from Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez. David is set to represent Canada again on Tuesday night as they look to kickstart their tournament against Peru.