Arsenal transfer ruled out with £75m star ‘completely oblivious’ to interest

Arsenal will not be signing Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak before the end of the transfer window, according to reports.

Isak has impressed in La Liga since leaving Borussia Dortmund in 2019, contributing 17 league goals in 34 appearances last term.

His form has dipped this season for Real Sociedad having only netted seven in 23 matches in all competitions this season.

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There were claims earlier in the month that the Gunners were ‘close’ to signing the Sweden international after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy.

The north London club are also likely to lose Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette, whose deals expire in the summer, on free transfers.

And Arsenal reportedly made a £58m bid on deadline day for Isak, only for the bid to be turned down by Real Sociedad, who want £75m to do a deal.

Spanish publication claimed that the La Liga side won’t allow Isak to leave for anything less than his release clause.

And now Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) has an update on the Gunners’ interest in Isak with the striker understood to be ‘completely oblivious’ to the Arsenal rumours.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano ruled out a move on the Heineken Deadline Day showclaiming that Isak was “100% satying at Real Sociedad.

On rumours linking him with Arsenal, the 22-year-old told The Independent in November: “I’m in a good place at the moment, I’m very happy, but one day it would be nice to play in England as well.

“They have six or seven of the biggest clubs in the world, it’s a very high level, and of course one day it would be an alternative.

“Every player wants to be the best version of themselves and reach the highest possible level.

“I have expectations for myself that I’m trying to fulfil, so we’ll see where the journey takes me in the future.”

Meanwhile, former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny thinks the Arsenal fans will be “fuming” if they fail to sign anyone on deadline day.

Kenny told Football Insider: “You thought they might try to build on that and bring some new faces in this month.

“So far, that hasn’t happened. I just think back to last January and the second half of last season when things were bad with the fans.

“They were all fuming and things could get ugly again if no one comes in.”


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