Transfer update: How much have Premier League clubs spent?
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Alexander Isak is one of many young players hoping to make a name for themselves at this summer’s European Championship. But no matter how well he performs for Sweden at Euro 2020 it is unlikely Arsenal will be moving for the 21-year-old forward.
Even before the start of the tournament Isak is one of the players attracting interest on the transfer market.
That is not surprising, considering the Swedish forward contributed 17 goals and two assists in 34 La Liga appearances for Real Sociedad last season.
Isak is a dangerous prospect – a fast and direct striker – and has long been considered an exciting prospect for the future.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured, Isak is likely to play a leading role at Euro 2020 for Sweden, who face Poland, Slovakia and Spain in Group E.
After coming through the ranks at Swedish club AIK and Borussia Dortmund he joined Real Sociedad in June 2019 in a transfer worth just £5.85million.
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That now looks like a bargain for the Spanish club, who finished fifth in La Liga last season, thanks in part to Isak’s goals.
But just two years on from that transfer, Isak’s value in the market has sky-rocketed.
His eye-catching performances in La Liga and contract until June 2024 mean Transfermarkt value him at £36m – but that appears to be a conservative estimate.
A blockbuster £60m transfer has been mooted and that is largely because of Dortmund’s canny work when selling Isak in 2019.
Dortmund have a £25.9m (€30m) buy-back option on Isak, who also happens to have a £60.45m (€70m) release clause in his La Real contract.
Both of those facts represent significant barriers to any post-Euros transfer and Arsenal’s situation only adds to the picture.
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The Athletic reports that the Gunners are interested in Isak, who is ‘very highly-rated’ by technical director Edu and his recruitment team.
However, the outlet also reports that Arsenal are not ‘actively seeking a No 9’ this summer, having offered a new contract to Eddie Nketiah, and with young forwards Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun already on the books.
Like Alexandre Lacazette, Nketiah currently has just 12 months remaining on his contract and there are ‘interested parties in the Premier League and abroad’.
The 22-year-old is ‘unlikely’ to sign a new contract and will ‘probably’ be sold, but The Athletic believes Arsenal will only look for a new striker if both Nketiah and Lacazette move on.
They point to the fact that Arsenal did not push hard for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, who looks set to join Leicester this summer, as proof their priorities lie elsewhere.
So while Isak’s stock could continue to rise during Euro 2020, it appears unlikely that he will be arriving in north London any time soon.
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