Signing Alexander Isak “not impossible”
Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has yet to receive a fresh contract offer from the club despite assurances from boss Mikel Arteta that the Frenchman’s future was due to be resolved.
With a contract situation that is looking more and more likely to end in the former Olympique Lyonnais stalwart leaving the club on a free deal in the summer, news via Football.London’s chief Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley regarding Swedish international Alexander Isak could have come at a better moment.
When speaking on the Latte Firm podcast, Wheatley refused to rule out the possibility that the club could target a move for the Real Sociedad standout and former Borussia Dortmund wunderkind, though he quickly cooled speculation;
“Not impossible – I don’t think anything is impossible when you’re a club like Arsenal. Arsenal certainly do have money to spend. I don’t think it’s one that’s likely to happen anytime soon, but he is one Arteta likes.”
Isak, who signed a recent contract extension this summer, is coming off a 2020-21 La Liga campaign that saw the now 21-year-old bag 17-goals and add 2-assists in thirty-four league appearances for Los Txuri-Urdin.
Arsenal not actively targeting Brighton’s Yves Bissouma
Much to the chagrin of countless Arsenal fans on social media, the Gunners are not actively in pursuit of Brighton’s instrumental central midfielder Yves Bissouma.
Also mentioned by Wheatley in his recent podcast appearance, Arsenal are not in the race to bring the Malian international to the Emirates any time soon.
.@ChrisWheatley_ on Bissouma: “I don’t think there was any approach for him this summer. The last formal contact with the player or his representatives was in January. I don’t think Bissouma is one that is likely to happen anytime soon, but it’s the transfer window!” [@LatteFirm]
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 17, 2021
There have been calls aplenty from the fanbase for Mikel Arteta and club technical director Edu Gaspar to prioritize Bissouma, who has become the midfield mainstay at the Amex Stadium under Graham Potter while drawing attention from other Premier League giants the likes in Manchester United and Liverpool.
A huge jump in club size and the resulting expectation is expected for the former LOSC Lille midfielder, but as it stands, Arsenal are not prepared to go to war for his signature whether it be in January or the following summer window.