Last five times Newcastle broke their transfer record amid £59m Isak deal
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Last five times Newcastle broke their transfer record amid £59m Isak deal

Newcastle United are going to break their transfer record to sign Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad, three years since the last time they did it.

The forward has signed a six-year deal with the Magpies, costing a huge £59million. And the deal could eventually rise to £63million with add-ons.

It’s a huge transfer for Newcastle, and smashes the club’s previous transfer record.

With that in mind, here are the last five times that Newcastle broke their transfer record

Faustino Asprilla – £7million, 1996

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With Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle in pursuit of the Premier League title, the club splashed the cash on Colombian forward Faustino Asprilla. He joined from Parma for £7million.

He became the club’s new record arrival instead of Les Ferdinand, but wasn’t able to propel the Magpies to title glory. However, he remains a cult hero on Tyneside, and his hat-trick against Barcelona will never be forgotten.

Alan Shearer – £15million, 1996

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Months after Tino arrived, Newcastle broke their transfer record again. But this time it was a world record deal.

Alan Shearer became the most expensive footballer in history, signing from Blackburn for £15million. The rest is history, as Shearer went on to become the club’s record goalscorer and the leading scorer in the Premier League ever.

Money well spent.

Michael Owen – £17million, 2005

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Nine years after Shearer, another England striker moved to St James’ Park. Michael Owen swapped Real Madrid for Newcastle, and it’s fair to say he ended up being a bit of a disaster.

He was part of the Magpies side that were relegated in 2009, and he swiftly left on a free that summer. Owen ended his Newcastle career with 30 goals in 79 appearances.

Miguel Almiron – £21million, 2019

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It took a long time for Newcastle to break their transfer record again. But almost 14 years after the Owen deal, Newcastle brought in Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United.

Mike Ashley finally put his hand in his pocket and splashed out on the Paraguayan, and it initially looked like a brilliant deal.

Almiron would then struggle under Steve Bruce, but finally seems to be finding his feet again as a Newcastle player.

Joelinton – £40million, 2019

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And now the record that Isak is about to break.

Ashley went wild in 2019. Months after the Almiron deal, he went and broke Newcastle’s transfer record again by bringing in a £40million Brazilian striker. The only problem was that he didn’t know how to score goals.

But Joelinton has gone from Toon flop to hero. He’s now a superstar midfielder, which nobody saw coming.