Newcastle set staggering price tag for Alexander Isak to ward off Arsenal interest

Alexander Isak has enjoyed an excellent season with Newcastle
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Newcastle United are reportedly holding out for a whopping £200million for their star striker Alexander Isak, as they brace themselves for a flurry of interest from Arsenal in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old Swedish international has had an outstanding season, netting 25 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions. This includes a remarkable 21 goals in the Premier League, making him the third-highest scorer in the league, only surpassed by Erling Haaland (27) and Cole Palmer (22).

In fact, with 108 minutes per goal, Isak boasts the second-best minutes-per-goal ratio among the top 20 Premier League scorers, with only Haaland (95) ahead of him. His stellar performance this season has not gone unnoticed, attracting attention from football giants such as Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

Following a near miss on the Premier League title, Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta is eager to bolster his squad this summer. A new centre forward is high on their agenda, with Sporting CP's Victor Gyokeres and Brentford's Ivan Toney being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Isak's name has also been thrown into the mix after his impressive season at St James' Park. However, according to The Telegraph, Newcastle have no plans to let go of their prized asset this summer.

Newcastle have reportedly scoffed at the notion of a £90m bid for Alexander Isak being enough, with suggestions that Arsenal would need to table an offer closer to £180m to get the Magpies to the negotiating table.

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Isak expressed his commitment to Newcastle last month, stating: "Yeah, of course I want to be here in the future. I came here for the project, I absolutely love playing here, I really feel at home. I want to finish this season in a good way for me and the team. I love playing here."

Should Arsenal meet the staggering £180m valuation, it would make Isak's transfer the second-highest in history, only behind Neymar's record-breaking move. Since joining Newcastle from Real Sociedad for £63m in August 2022, Isak has netted an impressive 35 goals in 67 appearances.