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Arsenal monitoring striker highly rated by Edu with £70m release clause

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Arsenal  are monitoring Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak amid concerns that two of their forwards may leave the club this summer.

Alexandre Lacazette  finished last season as the club’s top scorer with 17 in all competitions, but progress on a new contract has stalled.

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Lacazette came close to joining Roma last summer before a last-minute change of heart and the Gunners reluctantly accepted an offer for the former Lyon captain, rather than losing him for nothing next summer.

Also, Eddie Nketiah was reduced to a bit-part role last term and Folarin Balogun’s decision to sign a new long-term deal is only likely to further reduce the England Under-21 international’s opportunities.

West Ham and Leeds have reportedly been linked with summer moves for the 22-year-old who would command a fee of around £20million.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal’s interest in Isak, who has a £70m release clause in his current contract, is largely driven by technical director Edu who is said to rate the striker highly.

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Isak, meanwhile, shot to prominence with Borussia Dortmund, who retain an option to re-sign the Sweden international for as little as £30m.

Alexander Isak celebrating with his Real Sociedad temate

Arsenal have their eyes on Alexander Isak ( Photo by Getty Images)

Edu is under pressure to make new signings this summer and clean up some of the dead wood that continues to undermine Arteta’s hopes of speeding up a rebuilding process that was severely stalled last season.

Granit Xhaka is likely to be the second high-profile outing of the closed season, as David Luiz has already confirmed his decision to leave after just two years at Emirates Stadium.

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With the likely departure of Xhaka and Hector Bellerin, Arteta will be keen to land a full back and two midfielders to fill the void.

Arsenal lost out to Aston Villa in the race to sign former Norwich midfielder Emiliano Buendia. But are now focused on Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and ,Martin Odegaard, who spent six months on loan at Arsenal last season their top target.

 

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