Alexander Isak PASS Newcastle medical with Magpies set to smash transfer record with £60m deal for Real Sociedad striker
- Alexander Isak completed his medical at Newcastle on Thursday afternoon
- Eddie Howe’s side are closing in on a club-record £60m deal for the striker
- Sweden star Isak is considered one of the best attacking prospects in Europe
- Howe wants other signings to build on their undefeated start to the season
Alexander Isak arrived from Spain on Thursday and underwent a medical before completing his move from Real Sociedad and becoming club-record £60m Newcastle.
Eddie HoweThe team are set to break their club record with a deal for Real Sociedad striker Isak, which will eclipse the £40m they paid at Hoffenheim for Joelinton in 2019 and at Lyon for Bruno Guimaraes in January.
Talks advanced on Wednesday after the Spanish side indicated they would be willing to accept structured transfer payments to help Newcastle resolve financial fair play issues.
Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has completed medical at Newcastle ahead of £60m move
Eddie Howe is desperate to bring in a striker to add firepower to his frontline
Magpies sporting director Dan Ashworth was in Spain on Tuesday to finalize terms with the 22-year-old Sweden international, who has long topped Newcastle’s wishlist but has always been seen as a difficult transfer to complete .
Newcastle have prioritized a new striker, with Callum Wilson’s fitness an ongoing concern. The 30-year-old limped off with a hamstring injury in Sunday’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Manchester City.
Isak scored 44 goals in 132 games for Sociedad after joining the club in 2019 from Borussia Dortmund and the 22-year-old represents a truly high-caliber addition.
The Sweden international will also be the most expensive sale in the history of the Spanish team.
Isak deal eclipses fees they previously paid for Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes
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Isak will join Wilson and Wood as senior strikers at St James’ Park as Newcastle look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
They have five points from three games following a win over Nottingham Forest and draws with Man City and Brighton, as they also beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Carabao Cup third round.
Newcastle have been in talks with Leeds United for winger Jack Harrison and have been pushing for a deal with Watford over a £30million deal for Joao Pedro.
However, their transfer for Joao Pedro was canceled on Thursday evening, but they remain in the market for a loan winger.
With negotiations over Pedro stalled over bonuses and fees, they took the opportunity to focus on 6ft 4in Isak, who is considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe and has caught the eye of ‘Arsenal and Juventus.
Howe continues to be backed by the riches of new Saudi owners in Newcastle
Everton are yet to follow up on their initial interest in Pedro.
Isak will become the club’s fourth signing this summer following the additions of Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope.
Howe remains in the market for new signings, but with his budget severely reduced he will consider loans to bring in a new midfielder and winger.
Manchester United’s Scott McTominay is under consideration, as is Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Kouadio Kone, but the Bundesliga side are reportedly not loaning the 21-year-old out.