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Chelsea in talks with the representatives of Lille striker Jonathan David

Chelsea have opened talks with the representatives of Lille striker Jonathan David over a potential summer deal, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.

The Blues are looking to strengthen their attack after missing out on a top-four finish at the end of the 2023-24 Premier League campaign, and the Canada international has emerged as an option.

Chelsea are ready to support new manager Enzo Maresca ahead of 2024-25, and a move for David could be pursued in the coming weeks.

The Lille star is in the final 12 months of his contract at the Ligue 1 club and will be available for a decent fee, which is a boost for the Stamford Bridge club given their need to stay within the confines of the Profitability and Sustainability rules.

Their relationship with Lille president Olivier Letang due to their links with Strasbourg should serve as a boost once they enter into talks with the French top-flight clubs for David.

The 24-year-old ended last term with 19 goals and four assists in 34 Ligue 1 games, weighing in with two goals in four Conference League games.

He has also proven himself at international level, with 26 goals in 49 games to his name for Canada, and he has what it takes to improve the Chelsea attack.

David is an excellent finisher and a brilliant passer, and having him alongside Cole Palmer and a fit Christopher Nkunku in the final third for the Blues will make them very fearsome.

He is currently at the Copa America with Canada and will likely attract more suitors in the coming weeks should he impress.

His contract situation makes him a very appealing target for most Premier League clubs given PSR concerns, and Chelsea could face fierce competition for his services once they make their interest formally known to Lille.

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