Transfer News: Manchester United battle Arsenal to sign Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak
According to Daily Star, Manchester United will face off against Arsenal to facilitate a move for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak in the summer transfer window. He is one of the highly-rated upcoming superstars in the making and has shown high potential at the club and country level so far.
Man United are in the market for a centre-forward and have turned their attention towards Isak after they accepted defeat to Manchester City in their pursuit to sign Erling Haaland. The Red Devils believe the La Liga forward is the next best option available as he represents a decent value for money as well.
Sociedad do value the Swede for around £60million in transfer fees, but the competition for him could result in inflation in prices. The Gunners are claimed to be ready to spend close to around the £75million mark after this season. That being said, the top four race in the Premier League could prove to be a key point in the race to sign him as both clubs are battling it out with each other.
Good choice for Man Utd?
The 22-year-old has been terrific for Sociedad since leaving Borussia Dortmund to join them back in 2020. He has scored 41 goals with eight assists alongside it from 120 appearances across all competitions. Despite a dip this term, he still remains one of the most sought-after attackers in world football at this moment.
We certainly need a forward reinforcement for the next campaign, considering how Edinson Cavani is set to leave us next summer. His contract is up after this season, paving the way for a departure. Marcus Rashford’s future is also uncertain as he is currently assessing his future options.
Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are also in uncertain waters, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo could also end up leaving as Champions League football is not a guarantee for us. With all these potential issues that could unravel next summer, it would be best on the board’s part to look at possible options.
Isak is a fine choice, but we have to be on our toes due to the Gunners’ interest as they are ready to pay a higher fee than the current valuation. Moreover, Liverpool are also keeping tabs on the situation to make their move in case of any opening.
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With Champions League football also being a potential factor in the transfer race, we are handed more initiative to get into the top four spots in the league table. We have certainly solidified our prospects with our recent 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur, even if Mikel Arteta’s side are in a better situation due to having four games in hand.
Time will tell what lies in store for us regarding our pursuit to sign the Swedish international next summer. Haaland, who had worked under our ex-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is pretty sought-after across Europe and perhaps, it’s better for us if we look elsewhere rather than getting engaged in a senseless bidding war.