Newcastle’s £60million man Alexander Isak refused to join Manchester United before signing the record-breaking Magpies.
The 22-year-old Sweden international signed for Newcastle last week after three impressive seasons in La Liga and Euro 2020.
Reports in Spain claim that Erik ten Hag’s side have put a ‘juicy offer on the table’ for Isak, who turned it down before he could even negotiate with his former club Real Sociedad.
He attracted so much attention that Man United reportedly also made their approach to the striker, which was rejected on the advice of his representative agency.
As is the case with many modern transfers, buying clubs speak to the player before their team, with Newcastle and Man United both trying their hand, only to be turned away.
Real Sociedad were aware of an offer from the 13-time Premier League winners, but an official approach was never taken, due to Isak’s refusal.
Instead, Newcastle offered 50 million euros [£43m] for the striker who was first dismissed, before 70 M€ [£60m] the offer was approved.
The €70m figure was lower than Isak’s €90m release clause, but Mundo Deportivo claim an additional €5m in variables is easily achievable, such as avoiding relegation, while La Real is expected to earn 10% of any future sales.
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Isak’s insistence on Newcastle also factored into Real Sociedad’s decision, with the young Swede seeing his wages tripled at St James’ Park.
Coincidentally, had Isak opted for Old Trafford instead, he would have been in line to face former side Real Sociedad next week after being drawn in the same Europa League group as Man United.
Instead, Isak looks set to make his Premier League debut against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night after his work permit delayed things for the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.
Isak is Newcastle’s fourth signing this summer after Matt Targett, Sven Botman and Nick Pope, with the Magpies having more than £200million since being taken over by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
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