Newcastle transfer news: How Toon chairman Al-Rumayyan inspired Isak move
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Newcastle transfer news: How Toon chairman Al-Rumayyan inspired Isak move

Newcastle United signed Alexander Isak last month, and the deal was made possible by chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan’s presence at St James’ Park.

The PIF chief was in attendance for the Magpies’ 3-3 draw with Manchester City, a thrilling encounter that saw Eddie Howe’s side go toe-to-toe with the champions.

It also saw Callum Wilson pick up a hamstring problem, further heightening the need for Newcastle to sign a striker before the transfer window closed.

And Al-Rumayyan was a key figure that led to Isak arriving for £59million.

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Al-Rumayyan’s desire for Newcastle to make a big signing inspired Isak move

According to the Athletic, the Toon chairman decided that he wanted the club to ‘do something big’ in the transfer market that would help the team.

And that’s what led to the Toon hierarchy pushing the boat out to land Isak.

The 22-year-old had been linked with a move earlier in the summer, but was deemed too expensive. That was a disappointment, as he was a player who head of recruitment Steve Nickson had tracked for a long time.

But once the decision was made to ‘do something big’, the Athletic state that going for Isak was a unanimous call by Newcastle chiefs.

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It looks like it’s going to be an excellent decision, as Isak looked brilliant on his debut, with Howe already calling him a ‘special player‘. Newcastle’s newest signing scored at Anfield, and was robbed of a second by a very tight offside call.

The Magpies have signed a star of the future who will also play a part in the present, just like deals for Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman. Newcastle now have a very strong spine that should remain at St James’ Park for years.

Al-Rumayyan’s desire to ‘do something big’ has led to Newcastle breaking their transfer record, but they have still done it in a measured way. The club didn’t hurl money at a Hollywood name – they paid what was required to land their top target.