Swedish forward, Alexander Isak, is close to becoming Newcastle’s new club record signing after Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Real Sociedad has agreed to a deal worth £64 million and that a medical would soon be done. Isak would come in to boost Newcastle’s attacking options, given the fitness record of their top striker Callum Wilson, as Eddie Howe eyes a top 6 finish this season.
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Alexander Isak, who once played for Borussia Dortmund, is going to be the fourth summer signing for the Magpies after they landed top goalie, Nick Pope, from relegated Burnley and others stars like Matt Target, and Sven Botman. Isak will become their club record signing with his £64 million price tag, rising above the £40 million Newcastle paid for Joelinton’s signature in 2019. His signature would mean more attacking options for Eddie Howe, and less game time for Chris Wood and injury-prone Callum Wilson.
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Due to the fitness levels, ages, and capabilities of the two strikers already at Newcastle, Chris Wood and Callum Wilson, there is a great tendency that Alexander Isak could become the main striker for the Tyneside-based club. This is because Callum Wilson has had an injury-ridden career since his time at Bournemouth, and so although he can be an asset on the field, his fitness would often be in question. And that is not exactly the type of striker Eddie Howe wants to rely on this season.
After the takeover of the club by their new owners in 2021, Newcastle United have begun the season with high expectations for the team, but with Callum Wilson mostly injured or unfit, the other man available is Chris Wood.
Chris Wood has continually struggled to find good form ever since he came on to the scenes at Newcastle in January, but it hasn’t clicked for him. He has only managed 3 goals in all competitions for the club and is finding life at the club difficult. This has also been the case for their other forward, Joelinton. But now, their striker woes are soon to be over with the arrival of Alexander Isak. Isak has scored 44 goals in 132 appearances for Real Sociedad, and although he managed a meagre 6 goals for the 2021/22 season, he has already scored enough class for the time he has spent in Spain.
Alexander Isak, 22, is a definition of a modern striker who can dribble, get past defenders with relative ease, and score goals as well. He has a dribble success rate of 53.2% on WhoScored, averages 32.2 touches every 90 minutes in the La Liga, and is known for his drifts towards the wide positions. Although he is tall with his 6’3″ figure, he is not well-known for his aerial abilities. He is rather a proper footballer, who does the bulk of the work with his legs.
With the duo of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron on his flanks and age on his side, Alexander Isak will most likely be a starting striker of a fluid attack for Newcastle, as Eddie Howe eyes a European qualification spot for his team at the end of the season.
Martin Dubravka to go on loan to Manchester United
Prior to their win against Liverpool, Manchester United were already seeking a second goalkeeper who could rival David de Gea for the first choice. David de Gea made some mistakes in the loss against Brentford, and even in the last few seasons. His distribution, saves, and handling have been faulted at some points, so Erik ten Hag is looking for competition for the Spaniard.
United let Sergio Romero leave last year, and have done the same for Dean Henderson this year, meaning that they are only left with David de Gea and Tom Heaton. Tom Heaton has been adjudged to only be a third choice, and as such, they have resolved to get another goalie before the end of the transfer window. Earlier in the week, they made moves for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp but were unsuccessful as both keepers wanted to remain at their current clubs, rather than come to United to compete with a renowned David de Gea.
As a result, Manchester United have set their sights on Newcastle goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka. Dubravka has already been relegated to the second team of Newcastle with the arrival of Nick Pope. So he’ll be open to a move to United, albeit as a second fiddle or, rather, a challenger to David de Gea.