Manchester City’s reported hopes of signing Alexander Isak this summer have taken a significant blow after the Swedish striker agreed to a new contract with Real Sociedad, which will surely be a cause of frustration for Pep Guardiola and the Etihad Stadium faithful.
Guardiola’s side have regularly been linked with the former Borussia Dortmund striker in recent months, and his impressive displays at the European Championship with summer were always likely to catch the eye of clubs across the continent.
However, it seems as if he will stay at Real Sociedad next season after he agreed to a new contract with the La Liga club earlier this week, which will make it extremely hard for City to prise him away from the Anoeta Stadium this summer.
The 21-year-old forward enjoyed an excellent season with Imanol Alguacil Barrenetxea’s side, contributing 17 goals and two assists in 34 Spanish top-flight appearances, which helped him to average an impressive 7.03 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Whilst he failed to score in any of Sweden’s four games at the European Championship this summer, he did manage two assists and caught the eye with his performances, averaging an impressive 6.99 rating from WhoScored.
His display against Slovakia led Gary Lineker to sing his praises on Twitter, as the BBC presenter said: “Don’t think there’s much doubt that Alexander Isak will attract a lot of attention from clubs across Europe. Exceptional talent.”
Unfortunately for City and any other interested clubs, the Swede is now contracted with Sociedad until 2026, so it would surely cost a huge amount of money if any clubs wanted to buy him this summer, considering his current Transfermarkt valuation of £36m.
Guardiola is clearly in the market for a striker this summer, and if a deal for Harry Kane cannot be negotiated, Isak could have been an excellent long-term alternative. However, it now seems most unlikely that the Sweden international will be making the move to the Etihad ahead of next season given his renewed commitment to his current employers.