Chelsea can repeat Eden Hazard transfer trick to sign £75m star ahead of Arsenal


Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on Arsenal transfer target Alexander Isak, according to recent reports. The Gunners are in desperate need of a top-class striker given both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are into the final five months of their contracts at the Emirates Stadium.

Technical director Edu spent the majority of the January window chasing Dusan Vlahovic but as revealed , the player was always keen to stay in Serie A before eventually signing for Juventus. The Brazilian transfer chief then turned to a number of alternatives, with Real Sociedad frontman Isak named as a potential alternative to Vlahovic.

However, Sociedad were reportedly unwilling to listen to offers below the 22-year-old's £75million release clause, a price that the north Londoners refused to meet. Now, The Mirror report that both the Blues and United are interested in signing the Swedish international, who has admitted that he isn't sure where he will be playing next season.

When asked about Arsenal's interest, he told Mundo Deportivo: "I am not talking about other clubs. "I am a Real player, I work here and this is my club. My work is on the pitch, and as I told you before, there are other people who work outside."

Asked whether that was ruling out a move in the near future, Isak added:
"You can never be sure of anything. As I always say, you never know what can happen in football but in the end I'm here, happy, and nothing more."

Chelsea have a history of beating the north Londoners to transfer targets, famously signing Eden Hazard ahead of the Gunners back in the summer of 2012. Asked about trying to sign Belgian, Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger told BeIN Sports in 2014:

"Yes, I wanted to take him, I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn't make."

If their interest in Isak is genuine, the west Londoners will be confident they can convince the former Borussia Dortmund star to come to Stamford Bridge over the Emirates Stadium given their recent dominance in London.

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