AA Gent gets the jackpot it wants for Jonathan David: L …

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Not so in the distance: the transfer of Jonathan David to Lille.
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It is going to happen. Jonathan David (20) moves to Lille. The folds between the Northern French club and AA Gent have been ironed out and a million deal will soon be put on paper. The Buffalos now receive 27 million euros, 5 million if the attacker is resold and a percentage on the same resale. David thus becomes the most expensive outgoing transfer ever in our country.

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.

AA Gent gets the jackpot it wants for Jonathan David: Lille has 27 million euros plus bonuses
Jonathan David dethrones Youri Tielemans.
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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.

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