Arsenal's Edu 'meets with Jonathan David's agent and sees Lille star as one of three transfer alternatives to Vlahovic'

ARSENAL technical director Edu has met with Jonathan David's agent as the club sees the Lille star as a potential alternative to Dusan Vlahovic, reports suggest.

Fiorentina star Vlahovic is Gunners manager Mikel Arteta's top transfer target amid the ongoing January transfer window.

The north Londoners are pushing ahead with a £60million bid for the star striker but Tottenham could end up hijacking the deal thanks to close links between sporting director Fabio Paratici and Vlahovic’s agent Davide Torchia.

According to Football London, Arsenal are putting together some contingency plans in case they miss out on the Serbia international this month.

That is why they have decided on three potential alternatives, such as David, Real Sociedad's Alexander Isak and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Edu met with David's agent at the end of December and the club's hierarchy is said to be very impressed with the Lille ace.

The striker joined the French champions from Gent in 2020 and has since amassed a total of 29 goals and five assists in 75 matches.

The Canada international has been prolific for Jocelyn Gourvennec's side as he has scored 12 goals in 19 league matches so far this season.

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The 21-year-old also registered 13 goals and five assists in 48 matches across all competitions last season, which helped Lille pip Paris Saint-Germain to the title.

Arsenal are keen on a new striker as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah look set to leave in the summer when their contract expires.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been frozen out of the squad by Arteta following another disciplinary breach.

Vlahovic is the Gunners' top target but he appears to prefer a Serie A move to either Juventus or Inter Milan.

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