Alexander Isak is unlikely to join Arsenal before the Monday’s transfer deadline at 11pm Football Audit understands.
The 22-year-old Swedish striker who plays for Real Sociedad has an impressive record of 97 goals and assist in 197 games in his career emerged as the Top transfer target for the Gunners who are looking to strengthen in the centre forward position before the January window slams shut.
Flo Balogun has left the club to join Middlesbrough on loan till the end of the season, meaning that as things stand Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are there main options up front, while Gabriel Martinelli can play there if needed.
It was thought that Alexander Isak could arrive to spearhead the gunners into a place in Europe, but sources close to the player have revealed to Football Audit that any deal will be very difficult as his release clause appears to mean any deal for him is unlikely at this point with the gunners hoping to test Real Sociedad in the summer.
The 32-year-old has not featured for Arsenal since being stripped of the captaincy for disciplinary breaches last month, and is firmly out of Mikel Arteta’s first team picture after not being invited on the club’s mid-season training trip to Dubai.
As a result, he looks likely to complete a loan move to Barcelona before the transfer window shuts.
Saudi side Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal both showed interest but the Saudi Arabian Professional League deadline has now passed, and the fact that Aubameyang wanted to stay in Europe meant that a move there was always unlikely.
There is still an agreement to be struck over exactly how the Gabon international’s salary will be split between Arsenal and Barcelona, but it is thought that this could be sealed before 11pm.
Nketiah meanwhile is currently unlikely to leave despite late interest from Newcastle who are willing to bring him in on a permanent deal before his contract expires in the summer.
Raul de Tomas of RCD Espanyol de Barcelona meanwhile is a player who the gunners have looked at late in the January transfer window, but the source player has revealed that any deal for him is unlikely at this point.
Edu is still thought to be working hard to try and secure an incoming deal to the Emirates before the window closes on Monday night however.