April 15, 2024

Alexander Isak has distanced himself from rumours of a potential move to Arsenal or Tottenham in the summer, insisting he ‘feels at home’ at Newcastle and wishes to see out Eddie Howe’s ‘project’.

Reports this week suggested both Arsenal and Spurs would attempt to lure Isak to north London with eye-watering £100million bids to sign the 24-year-old forward at the end of the season.

Isak has scored 29 goals in 59 games since joining Newcastle from Real Sociedad in a club-record £63million deal in 2022 and is regarded as one of the finest young strikers in Premier League football, despite struggling with injury problems this term.

Eddie Howe insists Newcastle United don’t “want to lose” Alexander Isak this summer amid claims Arsenal and Tottenham are lining up bids.

The Sweden international has been in good form this season and has scored 18 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies.

The report adds that ‘fears remain that Newcastle may have to cash in to navigate FFP rules, especially if they finish outside of the European places’ and that ‘huge offers from Champions League clubs will be hard to ignore’.

It comes after Newcastle chief executive Darren Eales admitted in January that the Magpies could have to sell players to comply with the Premier League’s financial rules.

If we’re going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players,” Eales said.

 

“Whether that is because of the players’ contract length, the offer is too good to refuse, you need to reload in certain areas, all of this could make sense to trade.

 

“In the world of PSR, everybody has their price. Look at Liverpool. They sold Philippe Coutinho to bring in Allison and Virgil van Dijk.

 

“Jack Grealish went from Aston Villa and they have reinvested and reloaded, while West Ham made that decision on Declan Rice.

 

“It’s just the nature of the beast. If you trade players on it creates more headroom to spend and you have to keep growing that headroom.”

 

But Magpies boss Howe doesn’t think Isak will be one of those players and has warned Arsenal and Tottenham that “no one connected with Newcastle would want to lose him”.

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