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Report: Man United have 'excellent' chance to sign €50m Lille striker, Ajax interested in United ace

Man United have excellent chance to sign €50m rated Lille striker

Manchester United have an excellent chance of signing Lille striker Jonathan David with no competition for his services this summer.

The Canada international had a promising second campaign with Lille last season, netting an impressive 19 goals across all competitions.

Fabrizio Romano reported that a number of top European clubs were tracking him, but there has been barely any speculation on David.

Lille’s reported price of around €50 million may have put clubs off, but United now have the perfect opportunity to prise him away.

In recent weeks, there has been plenty of speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, and the Portuguese could yet leave the club.

If such a situation arises, it is more likely that Erik ten Hag will want a striker with more versatility over a traditional centre-forward.

David would fit in perfectly into Ten Hag’s system as he has a strong work rate and can drop into deeper positions to link up with teammates.

The 22-year-old has generally operated up front, but is also capable of playing slightly out wide or in attacking midfield (as seen at Gent).

Hence, he would be perfectly suited for Ten Hag’s style of play as he is pretty versatile and has the pace to get behind opposition defences.

His aerial presence is probably a potential drawback, but it may not be much of a concern with Ten Hag placing more emphasis on ground work.

Lille are known to stick to high price tags for their players, but United could land David for less if there is no competition over the coming weeks.

Any deal for him, however, may depend highly on Ronaldo’s future. We don’t see United spending on a young striker if the Portuguese stays.

United have not received any formal offers for the 37-year-old, but Atletico Madrid seem to be hatching up a transfer plan to land him.

Ajax plots a move to sign Man United Defender

Manchester United have knocked Ajax’s doors to strengthen multiple positions this summer following the appointment of Erik ten Hag. But now they could end up losing one of their own talents to the Eredivisie champions.

The Red Devils have already signed Lisandro Martinez from the Dutch outfit, after they couldn’t convince Jurrien Timber to follow Ten Hag’s footsteps. They remain interested in Antony to bolster their frontline as well.

Ajax, however, have not made it easy for their former manager to pick apart the side he built in Amsterdam, and only allowed Martinez to leave after United agreed to pay over €50m for the Argentina centre-back. Former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, Ajax’s current CEO, was instrumental in finalising the transfer.

The Dutch giants also intend to price out Antony of a move. Further, if a report from the Netherlands is to believed, they are instead working on signing a talent from Old Trafford.

According to the PantelicPodcast (via the Express), United defender Ethan Laird is on Ajax’s radar. The talented right-back spent last season on loan at Swansea City and Bournemouth, and despite flashes of brilliance, he remains behind Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order.

It is understood that the 20-year-old, who has just a year left to run on his current contract, would be keen to take the reverse path and join Alfred Schreuder’s side.

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