Alexander Isak joined Newcastle in the summer, but a bizarre report has claimed that he could already be sold in exchange for Dusan Vlahovic.
The speculation comes from Italy, where Calciomercatoweb has claimed that the Magpies want to sign Vlahovic from Juventus in 2023.
They claim that Newcastle ‘dream’ of signing the Serbian striker, as Eddie Howe’s side goes in search of Champions League qualification. And the Italian outlet adds that Newcastle hope to convince Juve by offering Isak in exchange.
However, CMW end their report by saying any deal is unlikely. But not because it would be mad for Newcastle to bin off their record signing so soon. No, they believe Juventus do not want to give up on Vlahovic just yet, having only signed him in January.
What an absolute load of rubbish.
Newcastle to exchange Isak for Vlahovic? Nonsense
Vlahovic would be an excellent addition for Newcastle. He is only 22-years-old, and fits the profile of what the owners have been looking for.
They want young players with big potential who can grow alongside the club. Vlahovic is exactly that. He was sensational for Fiorentina last season, and was described as ‘majestic‘ by then teammate Alvaro Odriozola.
His form for Fiorentina earned him a move to Juventus, but there was also interest from Newcastle. So talk of a renewed bid isn’t totally crazy.
But the prospect of him being swapped for Isak is. Newcastle spent £63million on him during the summer, with Dan Ashworth bringing the club’s top attacking target to St James’ Park.
The Sweden international hasn’t had a brilliant start to life on Tyneside, but it hasn’t really been his fault. Isak has only played three times for Newcastle, scoring two goals.
The 23-year-old has spent the rest of his time at Newcastle out with an injury, and is expected to return after the World Cup. And there is real excitement from fans to see more of him in action.
So talk of Newcastle swapping him is laughable. It’s absolute nonsense from Calciomeractoweb. There is simply no way Amanda Staveley and co are binning off their biggest signing ever after just three games.