Reputable journalist Pete O’Rourke has delivered a fascinating update on the Newcastle United pursuit of Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak.
The lowdown: Newcastle’s spending
The new era at St James’ Park is already underway after ownership group PIF backed manager Eddie Howe to the tune of more than £105m in the January transfer window alone.
That investment brought about immediate improvement for the Magpies as a seemingly imminent relegation scrap became a thing of the past, and a further £59.4m spend so far this summer seems likely to ensure a continued upwards trajectory for Howe’s charges.
Amidst links with a mega-money move for Isak, one man in the know has given his view on the potential transfer…
The latest: ‘Signal of intent’
He said: “To get somebody of the calibre of Isak would be a massive signal of intent from Newcastle that they are mixing it with the big boys, trying to sign the best players around. He is somebody I think that would really excite all Newcastle fans with his style of play.”
The verdict: Proper striker
Already boasting 71 goals in 188 senior professional outings in a fledgling career, the towering yet elegant 22-year-old would be a remarkable capture for Newcastle if Dan Ashworth is able to make it happen.
Should Newcastle move to sign Isak?
In addition to his continued impressive exploits in Spain, the former Borussia Dortmund youngster also stood out for Sweden during Euro 2020 and was predicted to ‘attract attention’ by BBC Sport pundit Gary Lineker at the time.
Standing at 6 foot 3 and holding a close stylistic likeness with Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic, Inter Milan bulwark Romelu Lukaku and RB Leipzig target man Alexander Sorloth (FBRef), Isak offers a physical presence which Howe could call upon in any situation, and he should therefore be regarded as an ideal prospective addition to the Tynesiders’ ranks.
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