Clearly the most exciting player in the Sweden squad currently at the Euros, Alexander Isak has attracted a lot of attention with his performances for both club and country.
Finding the back of the net 17 times in 34 La Liga appearances this season, the 21-year-old may not have scored for his country at the international competition just yet, but he’s come awfully close.
A queue of teams is now forming for his services, as Cadena Ser report Real Madrid have joined the teams keeping an eye on him, just as Arsenal were said to also be on the case.
With Alexandre Lacazette being 30 and finding himself one year away from his contract expiring, it isn’t entirely surprising to see the Gunners go after a striker, and you might remember the rumours linking them with Odsonne Édouard in the past.
Real Madrid, down their end, clearly like what they saw from the Real Sociedad youngster, and with Luka Jovic’s future clearly far away from the Santiago Bernabéu, Carlo Ancelotti seemingly wants to bolster his strike force with Isak.
Cadena Ser are reporting the La Liga giants have made a ‘first contact’ with the forward’s agency, who also represent Luka Modric.
They see Isak as a ‘much cheaper’ alternative to the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland, as his release clause currently stands at €70m.
For Real Sociedad, that’s the only price they will let him leave for, since he’s one of their stars and they, ideally, have no intention of parting ways with him.
Not only that, but the Basque club have also presented Isak with a new contract they hope he will sign, which will then increase his release clause to €90m.
Sociedad ‘insist no one has sent them a formal offer for Isak’, nor ‘do they have the evidence that there are clubs intending to pay their player’s release clause’.
The €70m release clause is a big ask for most clubs, and with Arsenal a bit strapped for cash these days, they might want to look elsewhere as Mikel Arteta looks to revolutionise his squad at the Emirates.