Alexander Isak could become one of the most wanted strikers in world football if he continues to impress at Euro 2020 this summer.
The Swedish forward, 21, looked like a formidable prospect as he led the line against Spain in Monday’s goalless draw.
Isak performed well in Sweden’s Euro 2020 opener and was unlucky not to score, while his deception almost resulted in Marcus Berg punching an unlikely winner[/caption]
He didn’t score but came close in the first half at Sevilla as his effort hit Diego Llorente, touched the post and fell into the grateful arms of Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon.
Isak’s performance will not surprise anyone who watches Spanish football.
Tall, fast and prolific, he has been electric for Real Sociedad this season, scoring 17 goals and crowning LaLiga Best Young Player in 2020/21.
Isak has already participated in more than 150 matches during his career and has played in four different countries: Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
After breaking onto the AIK scene, he scored his first professional goal at just 16 and quickly won the title of Sweden’s “new Zlatan Ibrahimovic”.
The excitement around him was further heightened when he marked his debut for Sweden at 17, becoming his country’s youngest goalscorer.
After scoring ten goals in the Swedish top flight in 2016, he was courted by Real Madrid, but Isak instead opted to join Borussia Dortmund in January 2017, on a € 9million contract.
Isak’s development stalled somewhat in Germany as he only made five Bundesliga appearances in the next 18 months and never found his way to the net for Dortmund.
He was loaned out to Willem II in 2018/19 and illuminated the Dutch league, scoring 13 goals in 16 appearances, which saw him transfer to Real Sociedad.
He has settled in well, scoring 16 goals in his debut season in Spain, including two in a win over Real Madrid en route to the Copa del Rey.
His second season saw him add just one more goal to his 2019/20 tally, however, they were all in La Liga. Isak had a six-game straight streak where he found the net last season.
Isak has handled all the pressures of football well in recent seasons, but this summer brings a new kind of pressure. Deemed to be Ibrahimovic’s heir apparent, an injury to the veteran striker who ruled him out of the tournament means an entire nation is now turning to the 21-year-old.
Ibrahimovic has not spoken publicly about how far the new Swedish star can go, but he seems to rate it very well with Tuttosport, per Dream Team, reporting that Ibrahimovic told agent Mino Raiola to recommend Isak to former clubs. Juventus and PSG.
Athletic report that Arsenal are interested in signing Isak with technical director Edu, who is said to be a great admirer of him.
He has a € 70m release clause, while Borussia Dortmund, who sold him in 2019, have a € 30m buyout clause.
However, the Gunners may have to wait a bit before they can think about signing Isak, who ruled out a Real Sociedad departure this summer.
“I have a current contract and my plan is to stay at Real Sociedad,” he said over the weekend.
But if he continues to shoot for club and country, when the time is right for Isak there will undoubtedly be more options for him than Arsenal.