Chelsea ‘decide to join Arsenal’ in £60m Alexander Isak transfer race after Spain showing

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Chelsea have decided to join Arsenal in the race for Alexander Isak this summer, newspaper reports in Spain claim. The Swedish striker caught the eye in their Euro 2020 opener against Spain in Seville despite the match finishing goalless.

Isak was a constant threat throughout and came close to opening the score in the first half when his shot was cleared off the line and onto the post.

The Spanish defenders of course know him well from La Liga, where he has flourished with Real Sociedad.

Last season he fired 17 goals for the Basque club and was named the Young Player of the Season in Spain.

Isak’s performance in Andalusia on Monday night saw him lavished in praise and now Premier League clubs are beginning to circle.

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Arsenal were said to have identified Isak as a target before the tournament as his stock continues to rise.

According to today’s print edition of Spanish newspaper AS, Chelsea have now joined the Gunners in the race for the 21-year-old, who has a release clause of £60million (€70m).

The Blues are on the lookout for a new striker and want to sign Erling Haaland, the man who effectively ended Isak’s hopes of making the grade at Borussia Dortmund.

Yet Chelsea are well aware that signing the Norwegian could prove difficult given his value and therefore, alternatives are being identified.

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Isak is a lethal finisher, has pace to burn and displayed his nimble footwork against the Spanish defence.

He is also used to leading the line of his own, something that could suit both Chelsea and Arsenal.

Liverpool are also said to be interested and Roberto Firmino will not be around forever at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen.

Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was impressed with what he saw from the young Swede earlier this week.

“This kid, Isak, he was a problem today for the defenders in the Spain team,” he said in the BBC studio.

“He was a nuisance. He showed today why he’s got Young Player of the Year in La Liga. He was the outlet.

“We were surprised, really, when he got brought off – he must be thinking about the coming games or something like that.”

Meanwhile, Chris Sutton believes Isak is certain to end up in the Premier League.

“Great prospect, isn’t he?” Sutton told Radio 5Live. “Wasn’t he at Dortmund for a while? He’s at Real Sociedad now and has done great things.

“With his age, the way he’s developing I am sure that, most certainly, he will end up in the Premier League.”

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