The ride was long. And hectic. The mating dance between Lille and AA Gent has been known in recent months ups and downs – for a moment everything seemed to be blown up by itself – but the outcome is ultimately the following: Jonathan David will play for Lille next season. The Canadian is taken over by the Northern French for an amount of 27 million euros. Less than the minimum hoped for 30 million that AA Gent wanted for its goldcrest, but that amount is easily achieved if you know that the Buffalos will receive a fixed amount of 5 million euros if David is later resold. By the way, Ghent has also secured a percentage on that resale, which further increases the total amount. In other words: David delivers the jackpot.
Presentation next week
The deal is now being put on paper quickly, but in Lille it is hoped that the Canadian can be presented as their new incoming record transfer early next week. In the meantime, David – who visited the Lille practice complex a few months ago – still has to take his medical tests. A formality. A formality after which this summer’s transfer soap will finally come to an end. David dreamed of the Bundesliga, enjoyed interest from all over Europe, but eventually became fascinated with Lille and didn’t want to go anywhere else. A bid from Leeds of 35 million euros could not change that. It had to and would be Lille. And so it will be.
Slightly better than Wesley and Tielemans
In Belgium we can therefore delete Wesley Moraes and Youri Tielemans from the history books. Their transfers to Aston Villa and AS Monaco – for 25 million euros – are now surpassed by David. The Canadian leaves the Jupiler Pro League with 37 goals and 15 assists in 83 appearances for AA Gent. With the emblem of the most expensive outgoing transfer ever in our league. Jack pot.