Transfer news: Jimenez to Arsenal; David to Leeds
The transfer window is now open for Premier League clubs as Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, while Canada’s Jonathan David has been linked with Leeds United.
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Starting in north London, Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to Arsenal who are said to be lining up replacements for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette who could both leave this summer.
According to a report from the Le10Sport in France, Jimenez is one of Arsenal’s top summer targets if both Aubameyang and Lacazette leave. With one year left on Aubameyang’s contract and Lacazette said to be keen on a move away, Arsenal would only have Eddie Nketiah remaining as a center forward option.
Jimenez, 29, has been in sensational form for Wolves over the last two seasons and has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and others. The Mexico star has always left his options open when talking about a transfer away from Wolves and the former Benfica and Atletico Madrid seems to want one more crack at an elite club in the Champions League.
If that is the case, is a move to Arsenal the right thing for Jimenez? Mikel Arteta is building something at Arsenal and the lure of living in London could appeal to Jimenez, but Wolves are a lot closer to challenging for a top four spot than Arsenal right now.
It will be intriguing to watch this situation unfold as Wolves have to now win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League next season and if they do that you feel like Jimenez will probably stay at Molineux. If not, there will be a mad scramble for Jimenez this summer.
Staying with a forward from CONCACAF, Canadian sensation Jonathan David is being linked with a move to Leeds United.
According to his chairman at Gent, the 20-year-old striker is wanted by newly-promoted Leeds as Marcelo Bielsa aims to bolster his attacking options ahead of their Premier League return.
David scored 23 goals for Gent in 2019-20 and the striker is billed as one of the top young forwards in Europe with Gent said to be seeking $35 million for David.
“I have expressed my annoyance that contact has been made with Lille behind our back,” Gent chairman Ivan De Witte told De Zondag. “They have made a transfer impossible because of that, it is a bridge too far. Contacts were stopped this week, but other clubs are still interested, with much better proposals even, including Leeds.”
Leeds need extra attacking options as Patrick Bamford was their top goalscorer in their Championship title-winning season with 17 goals, and plenty of others chipped in. They have been linked with Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but David is obviously the better long-term option.
Bielsa’s side press high and create plenty of goalscoring chances and the one major criticism of the Argentine coach over the last two seasons has been that his team doesn’t finish enough chances.
David is a rising star and it seems likely he will end up in the Premier League in the next few seasons as he’d previously been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.