NEWCASTLE United have confirmed the signing of Swedish striker Alexander Isak in what is expected to be a club record deal for the Magpies.
A deal was agreed between Newcastle and Real Sociedad earlier this week for around £59m, which dwarfs the £40m they spent on Brazilian Joelinton in 2019.
The 22-year-old leader has scored 43 goals in 131 appearances for the Spanish side since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2019. He will give options to Howe alongside Callum Wilson, who is currently struggling with an injury hamstring, and Chris Wood, who got on the scoresheet last night against Tranmere Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
He also has 37 caps for the Swedish national team and scored nine goals. The young leader is expected to travel to the Winter World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Isak said: “It’s a great historic club that I think everyone would love to play for, with amazing fans. They were a big part of why I came here – and also the club’s project. , which is the one I really believe in. .
“You always want to get into a team and know how they play. I think Newcastle play very attractive football and I want to be a part of that.”
Head coach Eddie Howe has made no secret of his desire to move the club forward over the summer. With less than a week to go, Isak fills a much-needed void in his team.
Howe said: “He’s an exceptional talent who is capable of making a big contribution to the team. He’s technically very good, with a mix of attributes that will complement us, but he’s also at a great age to grow with this club. .
“I want to thank the club owners and the transfer committee for bringing Alexander to Newcastle. We are all delighted to have him on board.”
Isak became the club’s fourth signing this summer following the arrivals of Nick Pope, Matt Targett and Sven Botman. His arrival will take the club’s summer spending to around £120million.