Newcastle United could be about to break their transfer record and sign Alexander Isak.
The Magpies have reportedly had an offer accepted by Real Sociedad for the Sweden international, as Dan Ashworth finally makes a transfer breakthrough.
Reports of a deal being agreed first emerged in Spain, and now multiple outlets believe that Newcastle are on the brink of signing the 22-year-old.
This is absolutely massive. Eddie Howe has been desperate for attacking reinforcements, and now he’s getting a £59million striker who’s been called the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Toon fans are absolutely buzzing, as it previously looked like Isak wouldn’t be heading to St James’ Park. It was reported in July that Sociedad wanted too much money, and that wages were also an issue.
The Telegraph stated that the super Swede would command wages in the region of £200,000-a-week.
It appears that Isak is no longer too expensive for Newcastle, and his wage demands have also dropped.
How much money Alexander Isak could earn at Newcastle amid previous wage demands
According to a new report from the Telegraph, Isak will no longer want to be paid more than £200,000-a-week to play for Newcastle.
They report that he is keen to make the move, and that he will not command wages worth more than £120,000-a-week.
That could be what pushes this deal towards completion. Newcastle have been sensible all summer, both in terms of transfer fees and wages. They will not overspend, nor will they break their wage structure.
While £59million is a huge amount of money, the club obviously feel that Isak is worth it. The fact that his wage demands are no longer extortionate is great news, as that could have caused problems behind the scenes if he was earning £200,000-a-week.
Wages at St James’ Park might eventually reach that ludicrous level, but they have to rise steadily.
Isak looks like he is on his way to Newcastle for a club record fee, but the money he will earn will be in line with our current top earners. And that’s good news.
It’s late in the window, but Newcastle are finally flexing their financial muscles.