Manchester United and Real Madrid are set for a big battle to land striking sensation Alexander Isak according to a number of sources.
17-year-old Swedish starlet Isak is very much the talk of the town at present and looks set for a high-profile transfer in an upcoming transfer window and both Real Madrid and Manchester United are very keen on landing the towering teenager.
The 6ft 3in striker has bagged 13 goals in all competitions for AIK Solna last season and has already been capped at Under 21 level and has been, predictably, dubbed the ‘Next Zlatan Ibrahimovic’.
Isak and his family visited Real Madrid’s training facility in recent weeks according to ESPN and also saw a £9m bid for the marksman fail.
This would go some way to displaying the Spanish side’s obvious interest in Isak though one wonders how easily the youngster would find it to break into the first-team set-up any time soon.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema sit in starting spots in Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven whilst Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, James Rodriguez and a host of others vie for back-up slots.
TalkSport claim Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are also pursuing Isak with the source stating that a bid as low as £16m would convince Solna to sell their prized asset.
Jurgen Klopp has got his Anfield side purring again and the German has seen his attacking line-up pushing for a Premier League title and the Liverpool manager may well see Isak as one for the future who could make an impact in the near future.
Given that Daniel Sturridge is perennially injured, or simply not a player Klopp values highly, Isak may be a better fit for the central portion of his front-three, which currently comprises Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho & Roberto Firmino as well as summer addition Sadio Mane.
One imagines Manchester United’s best chance of luring Isak would be to enlist the help of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to tempt the Solna man to make the move to Old Trafford.
Life under Jose Mourinho hasn’t started too well for the Premier League giants though and that may well act against Man United should they look to see off their rivals in a move for Isak.