Arsenal transfer blow with striker Alexander Isak 'favouring Barcelona move over switch to Premier League'

ALEXANDER ISAK has prioritised a move to Barcelona over Arsenal, according to reports.

The Gunners have contacted Real Sociedad over the transfer of Isak, 22, and are insisting the release clause is lowered.

However, Spanish outlet Sport reports that the Swedish international 'will wait' for Barcelona before diving into negotiations with the North London side.

The striker's 'priority' is reportedly to play at the Nou Camp.

Allegedly the Catalan club have earmarked the forward as a 'plan B' in the event that they can't land superstar Erling Haaland.

Barca have met with Isak's representatives but they couldn't agree a deal due to their financial troubles.

Meanwhile, Arsenal do not want to pay the £76million price tag on the 22-year-old.

The young attacker has only found the back of the net four times this league season, so Sociedad may decide to cash in this summer.

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But for now, the Spanish side remain firm on their asking price with the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta is desperate for striker reinforcements after ripping up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract last month.

In addition, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract in the summer.

The Arsenal boss has a good relationship with Isak from his days at Real Sociedad.

Arteta's side are stuck in fifth place in the Premier League but have three games in-hand over Man Utd above them.

Lacazette sent the Emirates Stadium into raptures on Thursday night with a 95th minute winner against Wolves.

The Gunners face relegation-threatened Watford next.

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