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Arsenal edging closer to signing Swedish prodigy Isak

Last Updated on by James King

It is understood that Arsenal could be about to trump Barcelona in their pursuit of one of Europe’s brightest attacking talents, Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.

The 21-year-old striker impressed for Sweden at the rearranged Euro 2020 last summer, which has led to a number of clubs being interested in his signature.

Despite only scoring four goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season, the player has shown that he can be clinical – last term he managed 17 in 34, many of which were chances he created himself.  With a supporting cast of the talent that the Gunners have at their disposal behind him, he could flourish at the Emirates.

Arsenal edging closer to signing Swedish prodigy Isak

 

Would he be a good addition for the Gunners?

With boss Mikel Arteta keen to replace his current crop of strikers, that includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is understood to be wanted by Newcastle United and Alexander Lacazette whose contract runs out in the summer, at least two new strikers are a priority and the Spanish coach is keen that these are as close to the top of the tree as possible.

In terms of potential, Isak is certainly that; even more so, with Barcelona’s new boss Xavi Hernandez reportedly keen on him, though from a profile perspective, he certainly fits the bill for the Gunners.

An out-and-out number nine, Isak has everything – an eye for goal, pace, great movement and standing at a deceptive 6ft 4in, is also effective in the air. If a deal can be done in January – which would likely be contingent on one of their strikers leaving, with Eddie Nketiah also said to be surplus to requirements, then this could well happen. While in the pre-pandemic market, Isak’s value would be around the £60 million mark, Arsenal could well take advantage of the financial situation at the Spanish side and grab him for around half that – which would represent quite a coup.

 

Good signs for Arsenal?

Arteta is in the midst of a rebuild at Arsenal and this began in earnest last summer, with the club spending in excess of £130 million. After a wobbly start, there were those who suggested that this had gone wrong, however, critics have been proved otherwise.

It is clear that the boss who played under Arsene Wenger and then assisted Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has an idea in his mind of where he wants the club to be long term.

With investment obviously available Arsenal could once again become one of Europe’s attractive prospects, especially in terms of appealing to prodigious talents.