Arsenal may have dodged a bullet in the summer transfer window by opting against a move to sign Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak to bolster Mikel Arteta’s attacking options.
The Gunners entered the off-season considering changes to the Emirates Stadium frontline after a poor campaign last term. But centre-forwards stayed away from north London with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette staying with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal Technical Director Edu was a big fan of potentially prising Isak from Real Sociedad to improve Arteta’s ranks. That’s according to The Athletic, who noted Edu and his transfer team rate the Sweden international very highly.
Reports by AS also cited Arsenal as a potential destination for Isak after contacting the Real Sociedad forward’s representatives. But the Gunners’ chase hit a wall when the Txuri-Urdin extended the 22-year-old’s contract in July.
The Anoeta side increased Isak’s release clause from €70m (£60m) to €90m (£77m) with his new terms, per El Desmarque. Real Sociedad only paid Borussia Dortmund €6.5m (£5.5m) for Isak in 2019, but his stock skyrocketed in 2020/21 with 17 goals in 34 La Liga games.
Arsenal may have dodged a £77m bullet in Real Sociedad striker Isak
Arsenal may be counting their blessings Edu did not follow through with his love and trigger Isak’s new Real Sociedad release clause, however. While Arteta is waiting for the Gunners’ offence to fire on all cylinders, the Txuri-Urdin are also waiting on Isak.
The 28-cap Sweden forward enters the international break still searching for his first goal in La Liga this season. Isak has started four of his five Spanish top-flight appearances so far for 320-minutes of action. But he is yet to break the goal line himself or lay on an assist.
Real Sociedad have not struggled for results, despite Isak’s lacklustre performances, with Imanol Alguacil’s side joint-top of the standings. The Basque outfit have also not lost since a 4-2 defeat on the opening day against Barcelona.
Only Real Sociedad’s goal difference allows free-scoring Real Madrid and defensively savvy Atletico to take the top-two spots. Having only scored once in four of their eight fixtures, and failed to find the back of the net once.