Barcelona ditch Haaland dream for Arsenal target holding €90m clause Man Utd could trigger

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 12:51 - Steve Pearson

Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak 2021

Arsenal and Manchester United face heavyweight competition from Barcelona after the Spanish giant switched their transfer ambitions away from Erling Haaland, per a report.

Haaland, 21, is already one if world football’s most lethal forwards. The Norwegian reportedly holds a £68m release clause that will activate next summer. A frantic transfer scramble will likely ensue, though even that modest sum for a player of Haaland’s talent will prove too costly for Barcelona.

That’s according to Goal (citing Spanish outlet AS). Barcelona’s financial woes have been well documented and a £68m transfer splash is not currently within their means.

As such, the outlets report they have turned their attentions to Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak instead.

The 22-year-old Sweden international shone at Euro 2020 on the back of bagging 17 goals in La Liga last season.

He has struggled in front of goal this year, though that has not prevented a host of Europe’s elite from registering their interest.

Arsenal have been linked with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in the final years of their contracts.,

A recent report from Fichajes also told of interest from both Manchester United and Manchester City.

Indeed, the two Manchester clubs were deemed willing to trigger Isak’s reported €90m release clause if they considered him worthy of an approach.

Activating his release clause would likely be a last resort if Isak took his game to new heights. For the time being, a deal could feasibly be made for a far smaller sum.

As such, Barcelona have thrown their hat in the ring with Isak potentially representing a much cheaper alternative to Haaland.


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Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane has reportedly made it clear he would be interested in taking the Manchester United were the Red Devils to part company with the under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Per Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, Zidane has made it perfectly clear he would be willing to take the reins at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman remains a huge name in world football and, as per the report, they claim Cristiano Ronaldo is also fully behind any potential appointment.

However, despite the growing claims that a move could soon be made, United’s owners, the Glazers, still remain staunchly in Solskjaer’s corner.

There also remains a belief that Solskjaer can end the club’s five-year trophy wait during the 2021/22 campaign.

They believe he needs time to integrate their three major summer signings and that, in time, results will improve. In addition, both The Athletic and trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano both state that remains the case in the wake of Saturday’s 4-2 loss at the King Power.

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