Newcastle: £76m target 'massive signal of intent' at St James' Park

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe reacts on the touchline

Newcastle United signing Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak this summer would send out a “massive signal of intent”, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 22-year-old is the latest striker to be linked with a move to St James’ Park as Eddie Howe looks to strengthen in that area of the pitch.

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What is the latest news involving Isak?

According to 90min, Newcastle are considering a move for Isak and talks have already taken place between intermediaries.

Bruno Guimaraes is currently their most expensive signing following his arrival from Lyon in January, with that transfer believed to be worth around £42m when all add-ons are included, but the Sweden international could smash that.

At present, he is valued at £76m by the CIES Football Observatory, which is the same figure as his release clause.

What has O’Rourke said about Isak to Newcastle?

If Newcastle can pull it off, O’Rourke is confident that the Premier League outfit signing Isak would bring real excitement to St James’ Park.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “To get somebody of the calibre of Isak would be a massive signal of intent from Newcastle that they are mixing it with the big boys, trying to sign the best players around. He is somebody I think that would really excite all Newcastle fans with his style of play.”

Should Newcastle go all out for Isak?

Isak is a striker who would drastically improve Howe’s side, so he is an individual worth pursuing.

The 2021/22 campaign was not his best season, with the Real Sociedad star managing to score just six league goals.

However, the campaign prior, Isak registered 17 times in La Liga, so the ability to finish is clearly there. He is, of course, still just 22, so he could get better and become more consistent.

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Speaking about the former Borussia Dortmund man during Euro 2020, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer said while working for the BBC (via HITC): “He has had a magnificent season at Sociedad, 21 years of age, scored on his full debut at 17 years against Slovakia to become the youngest ever goalscorer for his country.

“17 goals from 34 games last season that earned him the Young Player of the Year in Spain, so you can understand the hype. You can understand why there is an excitement about him. Big hopes for him.”

He is not going to be cheap, but Isak could be an incredible signing for Newcastle if they can get a deal done this transfer window.

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