‘Things can happen’ – Arsenal transfer target Alexander Isak opens up about potential Newcastle exit

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Arsenal have received a slight boost in their chances of signing Alexander Isak after the Newcastle star opened up on his future.

The Sweden international has long been linked with a move to the Gunners, with their interest in the 24-year-old stretching back to 2021.

Isak is reportedly on Arsenal's radar ahead of a potential summer swoop

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Isak is reportedly on Arsenal’s radar ahead of a potential summer swoopCredit: Getty

Mikel Arteta was claimed to have identified him as a long-term replacement for the outgoing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, Newcastle stole a march on the north Londoners to prize him away from Real Sociedad for £63million in August 2022, where he has since become a key figure.

Arsenal are reportedly still keeping tabs on Isak, with the club known to be in the marker for a physical centre-forward this summer.

Commenting on his future after Sweden beat Albania 1-0 on Monday, Isak admitted he is not paying any attention to transfer speculation surrounding himself.

Isak claimed he had not ‘even thought’ about leaving Newcastle soon, but did admit anything could happen once the window opens.

He said: “It doesn’t affect me that much. It has been talked about many times, in many windows.

“I see it as just such a thing. Everyone knows that summer is coming and, if things show up, things can happen, but I actually haven’t even thought about it.”

Rio Ferdinand was among the high-profile pundits calling for Arsenal to sign Isak, who has 22 goals in 42 Premier League games.

Isak could be the missing piece of the jigsaw that is Arsenal's attack

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Isak could be the missing piece of the jigsaw that is Arsenal’s attack

Isak still has four years remaining on his current deal, but Arsenal’s chances of landing the forward have been boosted by Newcastle’s current financial fair play struggles.

As revealed by talkSPORT in January, the Magpies face being forced to cash in on a key asset to raise funds for summer signings.

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Midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, defender Sven Botman and striker Isak are the club’s most sellable assets at St James’ Park.

In an added boost to Arsenal, the latter also has excellent chemistry with Gunners captain Martin Odegaard from their time at Sociedad.

The Gunners are also showing a strong interest in Sporting Lisbon’s former Coventry goal machine Viktor Gyokeres.

talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook has revealed Gyokeres is now ahead of Ivan Toney on the Gunners’ shopping list.

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