The Guardian reports that David has not dropped off the Premier League club’s radar since being linked earlier this season.
Jonathan’s battery died.
Rumors of Chelsea’s interest in the young center-forward surfaced in January, ironically around the time the goals dried up.
He had 16 goals for Lille before Christmas and was on track to compete for the Golden Boot.
Turn the clock forward to 2022, and the 22-year-old only added another three domestic goals to his name, taking his total tally up to 19.
He eventually finished joint fifth in Ligue 1’s scoring charts, 13 behind Kylian Mbappe.
But that period between August and December proved David possesses the capability to be a lethal attacking weapon.
His problem is maintaining those levels throughout the course of a campaign where his side needed him most.
Lille most certainly needed him in the Champions League round of 16 doubleheaders, rather fittingly against Chelsea.
David has the chance to impress his potential new employers at Stamford Bridge but failed the audition pretty miserably
Thomas Tuchel’s team tore up their guests within the first hour, then finished them off 2-1 in the second leg.
“They are the defending champions and quality players; we knew it was going to be a difficult match,” admitted David after the opening encounter in London.
David is still a target for Chelsea
It is therefore slightly surprising that the Lille frontman remains on Chelsea’s watch list.
Although, it is less surprising considering how poorly, as a whole, Tuchel’s forward line performed throughout the term.
Other than Mason Mount and maybe Kai Havertz, none of the offensive players can cover themselves in glory.
Mount finished as Tuchel’s top scorer in the league with 11, followed by Havertz and record-signing Romelu Lukaku on eight.
Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner netted one fewer than Jonathan combined.
The Canadian international won’t realistically get a move to Chelsea unless one of the aforementioned stars sets sail in the summer.