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'He's just 22': Romano names club's price for 'phenomenon' that Liverpool have tracked for years

Fabrizio Romano claims Lille have put their price-tag on Jonathan David, a long-term target of Liverpool. The forward should move soon.

This comes from Fabrizio Romano. He took to Twitter to explain the situation around Jonathan David, who is expected to leave Lille this summer.

“Lille are already prepared to sell some players this summer,” he wrote. “Jonathan David’s rise from Jan 2018 has been excellent and top clubs have his name in the list.

“David’s now Lille top scorer with 17 goals this season, 3 in UCL – and he’s just 22. Price tag around €50m.”

That works out to around £42m for any clubs hoping to sign David for next season. One of those clubs could be Liverpool, too, who hold a long-term interest here.

Per the Liverpool Echo, the Reds looked at David back when they signed Diogo Jota. The Canadian was an alternative option, having earned rave reviews with Gent. He was considered a ‘phenomenon’ by some, such was his obvious talent.

David went to Lille, of course, and won Ligue 1 in his debut season. This year has seen his goalscoring take centre-stage as he’s bagged 17 in all competitions – though, admittedly, he’s slowed down dramatically in 2022.

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Liverpool supposedly still hold an interest. Le10Sport reported last month that the Reds were ready to rival Arsenal for David – now they know their price.

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The question now is whether Liverpool actually need David this summer. They have five elite forwards, after all, and he’d actually replace former Lille striker Divock Origi. The Belgian’s minutes aren’t something worth spending £42m to replace, however.

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But David does have a lot going for him. His talents align with Liverpool’s wants very well and his pressing, in particular, creates fantastic potential within the squad. The question, really, is whether Liverpool could get the 22-year-old scoring consistently.

If they can, then we think they’d find room in the squad for an out-and-out centre-forward – really the only kind of forward they lack.

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