Chelsea have already been handed major Alexander Isak transfer boost amid '£115m enquiry'

Alexander Isak of Newcastle United
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Chelsea's hopes of completing a swift swoop for Alexander Isak could be boosted by the fact the Newcastle United forward is not competing at this summer's European Championships.

On Wednesday, it was claimed that Chelsea have made an enquiry to Newcastle United about the possibility of bringing the Swede to Stamford Bridge. However, it is reported that the Blues would be expected to smash the British transfer record of £115m that they paid for Moises Caicedo if they are to convince the Magpies to part with the 24-year-old this summer.

Isak made the move to St James' Park in August 2022, signing in a £63m deal from La Liga outfit Real Sociedad. In that time, he has scored 35 goals in 67 appearances and fired the Toon Army to Champions League qualification.

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However, if Chelsea are to meet Newcastle's asking price for Isak then there is potential for a deal to be completed in relatively quick time due to Isak's Sweeden not qualifying for Euro 2024. As a result, Isak - unlike many other in-demand players in Europe this summer - would be free to complete the formalities of a deal in a relatively quick fashion, if terms were to be agreed.

Sweden finished third in Group F of Euro 2024 qualifying, behind Belgium and the tournament's surprise package Austria.

Isak, though, has four years left on his current deal at St James' Park and when asked about his future earlier this year he admitted he hadn't thought about leaving the club.

“I am enjoying myself at Newcastle, and I had the best season in my career — that should not be underestimated,” Isak told Fotballskanalen. “I love everything about the club; the fans, and the city.

“It (my future) is not something I will speculate about, I have no thoughts on leaving. There has been no talk about it at the club and I have received no information that the club would have to sell me.”