23 Feb Barcelona intensify curiosity in Actual Sociedad’s Isak
Barcelona have intensified their curiosity in Actual Sociedad’s Alexander Isak as they give the impression of being to usher in a brand new striker this summer season, sources have informed Football4cast.
Martin Braithwaite has been Barca’s solely No. 9 since September, after they offered Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid in a deal that might be value as much as €11 million.
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Monetary restraints and the shortage of a president have prevented a alternative coming in to this point, regardless of coach Ronald Koeman’s pleas for Lyon’s Memphis Depay, however the membership hope will probably be doable to show to the transfer market on the finish of the season.
There’s an consciousness at Barca that bringing in a brand new ahead will probably be a precedence for whoever is elected because the membership’s new president on March 7.
Sporting director Ramon Planes is working on reviews and monitoring a number of gamers to make the incoming president’s job as straightforward as doable.
Isak, 21, is a participant who has been on the membership’s radar for some time and his performances since transferring to Spain in 2019 have impressed Barca scouts, who consider similarities between Actual Sociedad and Barca’s enjoying types would ease his adaption.
The Sweden worldwide has constructed on a powerful debut season with La Actual, which included a brace in opposition to Actual Madrid, by scoring 12 targets in 20 La Liga appearances this time period.
He has a contract till 2024 in San Sebastian and his launch clause is €70m, though Borussia Dortmund have a buy-back choice value €30m, with Cadena Ser reporting they might look to make use of that in the event that they promote Erling Haaland.
Isak is certainly one of a number of gamers Barca are following. Their monetary scenario in the summertime and their means to promote gamers will affect what they’re capable of do out there.
One of many candidates for the presidency, Toni Freixa, has mentioned he has a deal in place to promote 49% of Barca Company for €250m, cash which might then be re-invested within the squad, regardless of the membership’s gross debt reaching almost €1.2 billion.
Freixa even mentioned it might be doable to signal Dortmund’s Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
Haaland, a striker Barca hesitated on final yr when he left FC Salzburg and due to this fact missed out on him, can be the popular choice among the many candidates for the presidency, with Joan Laporta and Victor Font competing with Freixa.
Laporta has not spoken about the potential for a deal however his shut relationship with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola is well-known.
Nevertheless, given the price of the deal and the competitors for his signature, work is being carried out on alternate options.
Along with Isak, Football4cast revealed in November that Benfica striker Darwin Nunez had drawn curiosity, however his current performances have seen the membership take a step again for now.
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is one other long-term goal however his value might additionally show prohibitive.
Barca are additionally trying into gamers who’re out of contract this summer season. Manchester Metropolis’s Sergio Aguero falls into that class and sources have informed Football4cast he has been provided to them. He might present a short-term repair till they’re capable of spend extra.
Lyon’s Depay is one other participant whose deal expires on the finish of the season. Koeman needed to signal him final September however Barca have been unable to suit him into their La Liga-imposed wage cap.