Chelsea plot club-record move for Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak

Chelsea have contacted Newcastle United over a potential sensational summer move for striker Alexander Isak.

Alexander Isak

After overcoming the injury issues that held him back over the last few years, Alexander Isak, 24, enjoyed a fantastic 2023/24 campaign with Newcastle United. He netted 25 goals across all competitions in a prolific season at St James’ Park, further enhancing his reputation as one of Europe’s hottest strikers.

Talks between both clubs have already taken place and the Pensioners, are aware, as well as reportedly prepared to pay more than the £115 million they spent on signing Moises Caicedo from Brighton and Hove Albion last summer. But, given Chelsea’s problems of complying with Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR), there is reasonable doubt within the Newcastle United camp that they would be able to break the bank for Isak.

Despite making it clear that the West London club would need to come up with a club-record fee to sign the Sweden international, Newcastle United have no real desire to sell the 24-year-old striker who is very much central to manager Eddie Howe’s plans.

Arsenal also remain an admirer of Isak’s talents, but they have yet to register their interest formally after apparently being put off by the hefty valuation. Newcastle hope to tie the striker to a new contract this summer and remain optimistic the Swede is happy to be a part of Eddie Howe’s squad.

Chelsea hold talks with Newcastle over Alexander Isak

Chelsea are keen on strengthening a forward line that struggled to supply goals at a consistent rate last season. The striker unit currently boasts the inconsistent Nicolas Jackson and the injury-prone Christopher Nkunku; thus, it needs bolstering under new manager Enzo Maresca.

Under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership, the Blues have prioritised spending big on young talents for the future, but Alexander Isak would represent a mightily expensive purchase, as well as a shift of direction towards a more proven commodity. Given his 35 goals across two seasons for Newcastle, the Sweden international would be an instant upgrade on Jackson and give Chelsea a potent presence up top.

Chelsea’s interest in Isak is concrete, having held talks with Newcastle over understanding the fee it would take to lure the star striker to Stamford Bridge. A record bid might, however, be too tempting a proposal a turn down and the Blues showed last season that they are not afraid of spending big to land their targets.

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