Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Premier League pair join Alexander Isak pursuit
Arsenal have been dealt a potential transfer blow as it has emerged that two Premier League giants have upped their interest in Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak.
According to the Mirror, both Chelsea and Manchester United have shown an interest in bringing the Swedish striker in to bolster their ranks in the final third, with goals currently at a premium for both sides.
Reportedly, he is viewed in the Red half of Manchester as a long-term successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is 37 years old and, come the end of the season, is in real danger of being the only recognised striker left at the club.
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Chelsea, meanwhile, are keen to take the pressure away from Romelu Lukaku, who has had a turbulent return to Stamford Bridge since he was signed for £97 million in the summer to much fanfare.
The Blues have struggled in front of goal, and the Belgian’s return of 8 goals in 25 games is far from what was expected of a player who netted 30 times for Inter Milan in 2020-21.
It could prove to be quite the struggle for Isak come the summer then.
Arsenal still in the hunt
Of course, Arsenal were the side most heavily linked with the Sociedad striker in the most recent January window, with speculation that they were willing to meet his release clause even into the dying hours of the transfer window.
However, the Athletic later reported that the club chose not to do this because they felt that this was well above his market value.
🔴 #Arsenal didn’t activate Alexander Isak’s release clause because they thought it was above his market value. pic.twitter.com/KjWiRzqOcu
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) February 2, 2022
It remains to be seen whether he will come any more cheaply in the summer, but should he be` available, there promises to be quite the auction for his services.