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Premier League star rejected Manchester United in favour of Newcastle – report

Manchester United have been linked with a host of strikers in this summer’s transfer window but no move has materialised – presumably due to a move hinging on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.

The 37-year-old has tried to engineer a move away from the club all summer but no attractive offers have been presented thus far and he is looking likely to stay for the remaining 12 months of his contract.

Alexander Isak, who recently joined Newcastle United from Real Sociedad in a big-money deal, was one of the hottest properties on the market following his stellar EURO 2020 campaign.

The young Swede ended up making the move to Newcastle but according to reports in Spain, it could have been very different as United made a late bid to snap him up.

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That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, via The Mirror, who say that Isak rejected the chance to join United after being advised to do so by his agency, Universal Sports Group.

As per the report, United tabled a ‘juicy offer’ for Isak but a formal proposal was never put forward to Real Sociedad, who instead decided to sell to Newcastle.

According to the BBC, the former Borussia Dortmund youngster joined the Tyneside club for a whopping £60m.

SN’s verdict…
United have run through much of their budget focusing on other areas on the pitch and although Isak’s performances over the last three years warrant interest, it’s unlikely that a move for the 22-year-old was being seriously pursued.

It remains to be seen whether United delve back into the market in the coming days to sign a striker, with Ronaldo’s future still up in the air despite months of speculation.

It’s an increasingly realistic possibility that after wrapping up deals to sign Antony and Dubravka, United will consider their business finished for the summer.

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