The Athletic revealed earlier today that Arsenal really like Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak.
The Gunners are expected to be very active on the market this summer but a new striker just isn’t a priority at the moment. However, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s futures up in the air, things might change soon.
The report claims that if the two Arsenal strikers leave this summer, Isak will be on top of our wish list. The Swede has been brilliant for Sociedad over the last two years, having scored 33 goals in all competitions.
That is a really impressive return for a player of his age and that is probably why Sociedad have inserted a mammoth £60 million release clause in his contract.
That’s a lot of money for a 21-year-old and the Gunners might not be able to afford him if Los Txuri-Urdin demand the full amount. That really is a shame now, but if Arsenal were smart five years ago, we would’ve signed Isak for almost nothing.
Arsenal could’ve signed Alexander Isak for just £300k
One of Arsene Wenger’s many excellent traits was his eye for brilliant young talent. He signed so many unknown players and turned them into world-class stars, and Isak could’ve easily been one of them.
Back in 2016, Arsenal were linked with a move for the Swede when he was still at AIK. He was barely 17 then and the Gunners were handed the opportunity to sign him for as little as £300,000. (Daily Star)
Wenger decided against it then and Isak stayed put. He scored 12 goals in all competitions for AIK that season and Borussia Dortmund quickly snapped him up for £8.6 million – just 12 months after we snubbed him.
It’s difficult to say that Isak would’ve been a huge success at Arsenal if Wenger had signed him back then. However, at just £300,000 – less than what we paid Mesut Ozil every week for years – he was worth the risk.
Arteta and Edu are right to keep an eye on Isak now. He has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League and he would be a very good addition to our squad. Sadly, he might just be a bit too expensive for us this summer.