Alexander Isak is one of many young players looking to make a name for themselves in this summer’s European Championships. But no matter how well he performs for Sweden in Euro 2020, it’s unlikely Arsenal will be moving to the 21 year old striker.
Even before the tournament starts, Isak is one of the most interested players in the transfer market.
That’s not surprising considering the Swedish striker contributed 17 goals and two assists in 34 La Liga appearances for Real Sociedad last season.
Isak is a dangerous prospect – a quick and direct attacker – and has long been considered an exciting prospect for the future.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured, Isak is expected to play a leading role in Euro 2020 for Sweden, who will face Poland, Slovakia and Spain in Group E.
After moving up the ranks at Swedish club AIK and Borussia Dortmund, he joined Real Sociedad in June 2019 in a transfer worth just £5.85 million.
The Athletic reports that the Gunners are interested in Isak, who is “very highly rated” by technical director Edu and his recruiting team.
Yet, the output also reports that Arsenal are not “actively seeking a No 9” this summer, having offered Eddie Nketiah a new contract, and with young strikers Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun already in the books.
Like Alexandre Lacazette, Nketiah currently has only 12 months left on his contract and there are “interested parties in the Premier League and abroad”.
The 22-year-old is “unlikely” to sign a new contract and “probably” will be sold, but Athletic believe Arsenal will only look for a new striker if Nketiah and Lacazette go through.
They point to the fact that Arsenal didn’t push too hard for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, who looks set to join Leicester this summer as proof that their priorities lie elsewhere.
So while Isak’s shares may continue to rally through Euro 2020, it seems unlikely that he will reach North London any time soon.