The Athletic have now revealed that Arsenal really did consider signing Alexander Isak last month but they just felt he was too expensive.
The Swede has been linked with a move to the Emirates for about a year now. Mikel Arteta and Edu are reportedly big fans of the Real Sociedad star and many Arsenal fans would love him the club as well.
Isak was on the Gunners’ wish list last month as they tried long and hard to get a deal done for a striker. Dusan Vlahovic became the prime target, but he ended up joining Juventus late in the transfer window.
Isak was another name who was seriously considered, but it just couldn’t be done.
Arsenal felt Alexander Isak was too expensive in January
Arsenal fans were desperate for a new striker last month and Isak being spotted in London raised the excitement level. Some supporters seemed convinced that the Swede had come to town to join the club, but he was just on holiday.
The report claims that the Gunners considered signing Isak last month and explored the possibility. However, Real Sociedad were only willing to let him go if his £75 million release clause was triggered.
Edu and Arteta reportedly felt that the figure in his release clause exceeded his real market value. That is the reason why Arsenal decided against making a move for Isak, even though he is admired by the club’s recruitment team.
Isak, labelled by Gary Lineker as an ‘exceptional talent‘, would surely improve Arsenal but the Gunners were right to not trigger his release clause.
£75 million is an outrageous amount of money for someone who has scored just eight goals all season. The Swede will likely be available for considerably less in the summer and if Arsenal really want him, they can negotiate a better deal then.
However, missing out on a striker in January could really come back to haunt Arsenal. Their two natural strikers – Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette – have scored a grand total of three goals in the Premier League all season.
If that doesn’t change in the next 17 games, Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top-four will likely be crushed.
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