Newcastle United have agreed to sign Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak for €70m including €5m in surcharges, sources have told ESPN.
The Premier League club have been looking to add a forward to their squad and decided to break their club-record transfer to sign the Sweden international.
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Spanish outlet El Diario Vasco was the first to break the story and sources have told ESPN that the LaLiga club are already looking for his replacement.
Isak joined Sociedad from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019 for €10m and after four years at the club is Sociedad’s most expensive exit ever.
The previous record was held by defender Inigo Martinez, who joined La Liga rivals Athletic Club in 2018 for €32m.
Sources added that the Isak deal includes Sociedad retaining 10% of any future exit.
Always aware of the potential interest in the forward, the LaLiga club increased the release clause in his contract to €90m until the end of 2021.
Sociedad have agreed to a reduced fee from Newcastle as the offer was too good to refuse and it was also based on the player’s performance last season in which he scored just six goals in 32 league games.
However, the forward has been an important part of Sociedad’s forward line in recent years, with 44 goals in 132 games.
In February 2021, ESPN reported that Barcelona were keeping a close eye on Isak’s development and during the January transfer window the striker was also linked with other Premier League clubs including Arsenal.
Isak is set to become Newcastle’s fifth signing this summer. Matt Targett, Nick Pope, Sven Botman and Charlie McArthur moved to St James’ Park.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4729148/newcastle-agree-to-sign-alexander-isak-from-real-sociedad-for-club-record-70m-transfer Newcastle agree to sign Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad for club-record €70m transfer