In the wake of Sergio Aguero’s exit after his contract expired, Manchester City had prioritised signing a striker in the summer transfer window. Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane was heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer but a move never happened.
The Sky Blues’ frustration for not getting Harry Kane’s deal over the line was tangible, though it appears Pep Guardiola and co. have turned their sights elsewhere to find Aguero’s replacement.
According to a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes, Manchester City are interested in signing Real Sociedad starlet Alexander Isak.
The Swedish international, 22, joined Real Sociedad from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 and has since gradually built his reputation as one of the hottest talents in European football. Due to his physique, eye for the spectacular and same nationality, he has been dubbed by many as the “new Zlatan Ibrahimovic”.
Alexander Isak played a crucial role behind Real Sociedad’s fifth-place finish in the La Liga last season, netting 17 goals in 34 games. He may have had a slow start to the new season with no goals or assists to show in five games, but the centre-forward recently impressed and scored in Sweden’s World Cup Qualifying victories over Kosovo and Greece.
Despite signing a contract renewal earlier this year until 2026 that increased his release clause from €70million to €90million, Manchester City would find the sum reasonable to splash out on a talented young striker with top potential. However, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s interest in Isak make things a bit complicated for the Cityzens, Fichajes claim.
Ferran Torres’ latest foot injury and Gabriel Jesus’ potential unavailability due to international commitments with Brazil has left Guardiola with limited options up top ahead of Man City’s league game against Burnley.
It is no secret that Manchester City are in the market for a striker and while Isak isn’t an established name in Europe yet, the Swedish sensation has the required qualities to come in and potentially solve the club’s most pressing need for the best part of the decade.