Arsenal have not made a ‘formal’ offer for Alexander Isak and are unlikely to be able to sign the Real Sociedad striker anyway.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say the Spanish club have no intention of selling the Swedish star for less than the player’s €90m release clause.
Arsenal are believed to be on the hunt for a striker before the end of the transfer window, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang having been frozen out under Mikel Arteta.
They are seemingly keen to get rid of the Gabon striker and replace him with someone else, and Isak, who was named as a potential target in the summer, is believed to be on the list.
Several reports in England had indicated that Arsenal were making a move to sign him, but Mundo Deportivo are adamant that is not the case.
According to their information, neither Arsenal nor any other team ‘has made a formal offer’ for the player at this point.
There is a feeling that it is unlikely any club will do so either as ‘no club, not even an English club’ could ‘even come close’ to offering the €90m release clause in his current contract.
This is backed up by AS, who state that La Real ‘does not listen’ to offers for Isak and that they will refer any interested parties to his €90m clause. It is that or nothing; something Arsenal were made aware of and forced them to ‘back down’.
Even if they were to match the clause, neither Real Sociedad nor the player are ‘contemplating a change’ in the six days remaining in the transfer window anyway.
They’re aware that there is interest in Isak but are keen to keep hold of him as they believe he will help them achieve their ‘ambitious’ goals for this season.
Furthermore, at 22-years-old there is a feeling that his value is only going to rise, and the fact the player is calm about his situation means there is no rush for them to sell either.
Arsenal would do well to turn their attention elsewhere then, with this seemingly a deal they have no chance of getting done even if they do make a formal bid at some point.