Newcastle agree club-record £63 million move for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak
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Newcastle have agreed a club-record £63 million move for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak, reports say.
The Magpies, who drew 3-3 with champions Manchester City on Sunday, have been keen to bolster to their attacking options with a new striker.
And out of nowhere, local reports, then confirmed by David Ornstein of The Athletic, say that Newcastle are about to make their biggest transfer since the takeover from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund was completed.
The mammoth bid has been accepted by La Real, with the Sweden striker set to become the club's fourth signing of the summer.
🚨 Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign striker Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad. 22yo Sweden int’l has been pursued by / linked with a host of clubs but is now on course for a move to St James’ Park - reports in Spain accurate @TheAthleticUK #NUFC https://t.co/cwtkNCqlXb— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 24, 2022
Newcastle set to sign Real Sociedad striker and Sweden international Alexander Isak in a £59million deal, rising to £63million, saw local Basque media. Offer accepted and deal imminent https://t.co/5YD9Cr2iFA— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) August 24, 2022
Alexander Isak on his way to Newcastle for 70 mio euros and an additional 5 in potential bonusses. A loss for Real Sociedad, but spend the money wisely and they could build an interesting future.— Nicolai Lisberg (@NicolaiLisberg) August 24, 2022
Also, first real 'we-got-loads-of-money-let's-use-them-transfer' from Newcastle
Breaking | Real Sociedad have decided to accept Newcastle's offer for Alexander Isak. Fee reported to be €70m, which could rise to €75m depending on add-ons. (@RobertoRamajo)— Get Spanish Football News (@GSpanishFN) August 24, 2022
Should the deal go ahead as anticipated, it will eclipse the £41.5 million Newcastle paid to land Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon in the January transfer window.
After the influx of new funds, Newcastle splashed the cash mid-season and as well as Guimaraes, brought in Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Chris Wood.
With Financial Fair Play rules to take into account, Nick Pope and Sven Botman have been the two key arrivals in the current window, in addition to Matt Targett's loan being made permanent.
Isak, 22, joined Sociedad from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 and has gone on to score 44 goals in 132 appearances in all competitions for the Basque outfit.
On the international stage, he's been capped 37 times, scoring nine goals.
Isak, came through the youth ranks at AIK, had been heavily linked with Premier League leaders Arsenal.