Jonathan David didn’t get a summer move in the end. But, such is the whirlwind of European transfer talk, eyes are already turning towards January.

AC Milan, who had a late loan bid for David rejected on the eve of the transfer deadline last week, reportedly fully intend on coming back in for the 23-year-old in the winter window.

Various Italian outlets including La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the Rossoneri will come back in for the CanMNT star in January. David is thought to be valued at around 60 million ($88 million CAD) by Lille. Milan are looking for a long-term successor to Olivier Giroud, who is 36 years old and could be playing his final season for the Italian giants.

Even though Milan signed Luka Jović just before the transfer deadline, David is reportedly the club’s next preferred signing in attack. They are apparently willing to make a big investment in the Canadian and club officials Giorgio Furlani, Geoffrey Moncada, and Stefano Pioli discussed a move for him several times this summer, reports La Gazzetta.

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David has scored 61 goals in 142 matches for Lille and is the club’s top goalscorer in the 21st century. He has a contract with the French club until June 2025. Next summer, he will likely come cheaper as a result of only having a year left on his deal, but Milan are reportedly looking to steal in ahead of their European rivals to secure his signature.

They’ll have pay a premium to do so, and they’re even reportedly willing to allow David to finish the 2023-24 season in Lille if it means they can pre-sign him in January for next season.

David has started 2023-24 reasonably well, already notching three goals and an assist in his first six games, including the vital extra-time winner that ensured Lille will be playing European football until at least December.

Staying in France is hardly the worst thing in the world for David right now, as he’s reportedly happy at Lille and has already garnered quite the reputation across Europe. But an exit within the next 12 months seems inevitable, and we’re sure to get another transfer saga surrounding the Canadian between now and the end of January.