Newcastle ready to smash transfer record with Alexander Isak move

 

Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad in action during the La Liga Santander match between Levante UD and Real Sociedad at Ciutat de Valencia stadium, May 6, 2022, Valencia, Spain.



Newcastle United are ready to shatter their transfer record with the £59m (€69.8m) arrival of Sweden international Alexander Isak.

Newcastle came close to agreeing a move for Isak at the start of the transfer window but the deal stalled over the size of the fee and the player’s wage demands.

Real Sociedad originally informed Newcastle that they would have to activate the striker’s release clause of £76m (€89.9m) and the club were also perturbed by suggestions the player would ask for more than £200,000-a-week.

Newcastle informed the Spanish club they were willing to offer around £50m (€59.1m) for Isak in staggered payments, but that verbal offer was dismissed and talks broke down.

However, it is understood a hamstring injury to Callum Wilson has focused minds at St James’ Park and talks with Sociedad restarted on Monday. Wilson’s injury is not a serious one and he will only be out of action for a few weeks, but his fitness record is poor and he has missed several months during each of his previous two seasons on Tyneside.

Isak has also indicated he would like the move and appears willing to also accept he will not command wages above £120,000-a-week on Tyneside if he completes the transfer.

Newcastle have agreed an initial fee of £59m, in staggered payments, although the eventual size of the fee could rise to £63.2m. That would make Isak the club’s record signing, dwarfing the £40m paid to Hoffenheim for Joelinton back in 2019.

Newcastle are still looking to make one more signing this month, with a loan deal the most likely option and are still waiting to learn what Chelsea intend to do with Christian Pulisic and Conor Gallagher.

Meanwhile, West Ham United have offered more than €40m (€47.3m) for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta. Talks are still at an early stage for the highly-rated Brazilian international who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

The 25-year-old would become West Ham’s eighth new signing during this transfer window with the club heavily backing manager David Moyes.

So far West Ham have spent close to £130m largely to bolster their defence including the signings of centre-backs Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer and full-back Emerson Palmieri, along with striker Gianluca Scamacca. They have also signed Maxwell Cornet, Flynn Downes and turned goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s loan into a permanent move.

Paqueta has earned 33 caps for Brazil and was part of the Brazil squad that won the Copa America in 2019. He was signed by Lyon the following year from AC Milan. 

 

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