Newcastle transfer record smashed with striker medical booked, as separate £25m deal reaches fork in the road

Sweden and Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak will obliterate the Newcastle record transfer fee and his status for their Wolves clash this weekend has emerged, while a separate £25m deal is now coming to a head, per reports.

The Sweden international, 22, will fly over to England at some stage today to conduct a medical once personal terms are finalised. That’s according to the Athletic, who refute Fabrizio Romano’s claim Isak had actually jetted over on Wednesday night.

Regardless, a deal worth around £60m is in place with Real Sociedad – a figure which will smash Newcastle’s transfer record. Their current record buy remains Joelinton who cost £40m in 2020.

Sky Sports echo the Athletic’s reporting, and Magpies fans may yet see their new centre-forward in action against Wolves on Sunday.

Newcastle are hopeful of registering Isak before the midday cut-off time today (Friday). If they’re successful, Isak will be in contention to feature at Molineux.

Given Callum Wilson limped out of their 3-3 draw with Man City last weekend, Isak’s immediate availability would be a big boost to Eddie Howe.

With Isak on the way, Romano detailed what impact he may have on a separate deal for Watford’s Joao Pedro.

Newcastle reportedly have an agreement worth £25m in place for the 21-year-old forward. The final sum for the Brazilian could reach £30m pending add-ons and a six-year deal has been agreed.

However, Isak’s arrival may prompt a re-think before Pedro’s deal crosses the line.

Indeed, Romano stated Newcastle ‘will now decide whether they want to complete [their] Joao Pedro deal or not’.

There is no indication which way Newcastle are leaning. But if Wilson’s is ruled out for a significant period, Newcastle may be wise to add Pedro too.

What will Isak bring to Newcastle?

The 22-year-old is a familiar name to avid followers of transfer news. Indeed, he was heavily linked with Arsenal when they strived to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

Isak would ultimately remain in Spain, though he was never likely to stay there for long.

He’s notched 44 goals and eight assists in 132 appearances for Sociedad. While that may not sound overly impressive, it’s important to note he’s only 22 and will continue to get better and better.

He boasts explosive pace and standing at 6ft 3in tall, will be able to hold his own physically despite a slim physique.

He is predominantly right-footed, though possesses an excellent weaker left foot. The Athletic conclude he is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young strikers across Europe.