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Report: Newcastle Set £200m Price Tag on Forward Amid Arsenal Interest

Alexander Isak: Arsenal’s £200m Target and Newcastle’s Reluctance

Arsenal’s quest to bolster their attacking options has led them to Newcastle United’s Alexander Isak. Following an impressive season, the Swedish forward has become a prime target for the Gunners. However, Newcastle’s astronomical asking price may prove a significant hurdle. As reported in The Mirror.

Isak’s Stellar Season

Alexander Isak has had a breakout season, scoring 25 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions. His 21 Premier League goals place him as the third top scorer in the division, trailing only Erling Haaland and Cole Palmer. Remarkably, Isak boasts the second-best minutes-per-goal ratio in the Premier League’s top 20 scorers, with a goal every 108 minutes, just behind Haaland’s 95 minutes.

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The 24-year-old’s performance has drawn the attention of top clubs like Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid. Isak’s proficiency in front of goal makes him a hot commodity in the current transfer market.

Arsenal’s Transfer Ambitions

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, prompting a renewed focus on strengthening their squad. Arteta is in the market for a new centre forward, with Sporting CP’s Victor Gyokeres and Brentford’s Ivan Toney also on the radar.

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Isak’s name has emerged prominently in discussions, reflecting Arsenal’s ambition to add a prolific goal scorer to their ranks. However, Newcastle United’s stance on the potential transfer presents a significant challenge.

Newcastle’s Firm Stance

Newcastle United, under Eddie Howe’s management, have made it clear they are not considering a sale. Reports indicate that the Magpies have laughed off suggestions of a £90 million offer for Isak, maintaining that Arsenal would need to double that amount to initiate any meaningful dialogue. Newcastle’s valuation of Isak, close to £200 million, underscores their intention to retain their star forward as they aim to build on their seventh-place finish in the Premier League.

Isak himself has expressed his commitment to Newcastle, stating, “Yeah, of course I want to be here in the future. I came here for the project, I absolutely love playing here, I really feel at home. I want to finish this season in a good way for me and the team. I love playing here.”

The Financial Implications

If Arsenal were to meet Newcastle’s £180 million asking price, it would make Isak the second-most expensive transfer in football history, only behind Neymar’s £198 million move to PSG. This potential deal reflects the inflated nature of the current transfer market, particularly for young, proven talent.

The substantial fee also raises questions about Arsenal’s willingness and financial capacity to make such an investment. Ian Wright, a former Arsenal legend, has urged the club to consider Isak, emphasizing the need for a player who can capitalize on half-chances.

Wright commented, “There is a lot of talk about what’s happening with Isak at Newcastle. You look at Isak, you could say, ‘yeah [you’d take him]’ You could probably see somebody like him at Arsenal the way he plays. The way he can link up. The way Mikel would want him to play in that team if it was him or a player of that stature. But we need somebody, first and foremost, who is going to take the half-chance.”


Arsenal’s pursuit of Alexander Isak highlights the club’s determination to strengthen their attacking prowess. However, Newcastle United’s high valuation and reluctance to sell present significant obstacles. As the transfer window unfolds, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be willing to meet Newcastle’s demands or explore alternative options to bolster their forward line.

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