Arsenal dealt fresh twist in £75million striker chase as free agent winger linked

Newcastle United have reportedly entered the race to sign Arsenal target Alexander Isak.

Arsenal have been handed a fresh twist in their pursuit of Real Socieded striker Alexander Isak - with reports suggesting that rival Premier League interest has emerged.

The Swedish international caught the eye at Euro 2020 and has netted five times during the current La Liga season.

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Previous reports have suggested that Isak could be on the Gunners’ wishlist this month, with Mikel Arteta monitoring attacking targets during the January transfer window.

But the Daily Mail now claim that Newcastle United are potential bidders for the 22-year-old, with the Swede considered the Magpies’ “ideal addition” this month.

Any deal will come at a hefty price though, with Isak’s release clause reported to stand at around £75million.

Alexander Isak celebrates scoring for Real Soceidad. Picture: ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images

Elsewhere, Arsenal have also been linked with a move for winger Ivan Perisic.

The Croatian international is set to become a free agent in the summer with his contract at Inter Milan entering its final months, and Spanish publication Sport suggest that the Emirates Stadium could be a destination for the 32-year-old once his terms expire.

However, they also suggest a deal could be possible this month.

Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring the equaliser in the World Cup semi-final against England. Credit: ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

There could also be outgoings from North London, with Sead Kolasinac the latest name linked with an exit - albeit in the summer.

L’Equipe claim that the Bosnian international has entered talks with Monaco over a potential move as he enters the final six months of his contract, with the 28-year-old now able to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs.

And fellow full-back Cedric Soares has also been attracting interest this month, with the Mail claiming Atletico Madrid are eying a loan move.

Arsenal are reportedly reluctant to let the right-back leave until they secure additions of their own though, with depth in that department a concern at present.