Potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacement ‘wants’ Premier League move amid Man Utd interest

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The Canadian forward Jonathan David could be a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

Jonathan David has revealed he isn’t aware of any interest in his services from Manchester United. The Lille striker has been representing Canada at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but will soon return to his club following his nation’s elimination from the tournament.

The 22-year-old has been a stand-out performer for Lille this season, scoring nine goals and providing three assists in 15 appearances. He moved to the French club from Gent in 2020 and helped guide them to their first Ligue 1 title in a decade during the 2020-21 campaign, netting 13 times.

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According to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano via CaughtOffside, the Red Devils have been monitoring the Canadian forward. However, despite the reported interest in his signature, David admitted he hasn’t heard anything regarding a potential move to Old Trafford.

“I am aware of nothing,” he said via the Daily Mail. “When I am at the World Cup I am just focused on trying to enjoy the World Cup and enjoying the moment.

“What happens after I do not know, we will have to see. The Premier League is the best league in the world and I think every player would want to play there some day.”

Davud has scored nine goals in 15 Ligue 1 games for Lille this season. Credit: Getty. Davud has scored nine goals in 15 Ligue 1 games for Lille this season. Credit: Getty.
Davud has scored nine goals in 15 Ligue 1 games for Lille this season. Credit: Getty. | AFP via Getty Images

Though it seems the 22-year-old hasn’t heard of a potential move to United in the future, it shouldn’t be ruled out. Erik ten Hag’s side have recently agreed to release Cristiano Ronaldo by mutual consent, and a replacement for the Portuguese forward is desperately needed.

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David, despite failing to score for Canada at the World Cup, is a prolific performer for his country, scoring 22 goals in 38 caps. He would provide great competition for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford at the Theatre of Dreams, if a move were to materialise.

The Canadian has been Lille’s third-best performer this season with an average rating of 7.19, as per SofaScore and is Ligue 1’s joint-fourth highest scorer so far. He has proven to be a handful in the box with all of his nine goals coming inside the area.

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