Arsenal May Be Handed Big Blow in Their Pursuit of PL Star as Saudi Club ‘Weigh Up £20m Bid’

As Arsenal seek to attract Alexander Isak, they may encounter a challenge amid Newcastle’s transformation under Saudi Arabian ownership.

Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson is reportedly attracting interest from Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad as the summer transfer window approaches. Should the Magpies strike a deal with their Saudi counterparts, it could pose a blow to Arsenal’s transfer plans, particularly regarding Alexander Isak.

According to reports from the Independent, Mikel Arteta has identified Isak as a key target to bolster Arsenal’s attacking options as they aim to challenge for titles in the upcoming season.

Despite a slow start plagued by injuries following his £63 million move from Real Sociedad in 2022, Isak has thrived this season, netting 20 goals in 27 league appearances, with 24 of those being starts.

While Isak remains a top priority for Arsenal, Newcastle are reportedly unwilling to entertain offers for Wilson and is even considering offering him a new contract to ward off potential suitors.

However, Newcastle’s resolve may be further fortified by the potential sale of Wilson, as interest in him grows within Saudi Arabia’s football landscape.

Al-Ittihad are reportedly considering a £20 million bid for Wilson amid growing uncertainty over Karim Benzema’s future with last season’s Saudi champions, as per the Mirror.

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Both Al-Ittihad and Newcastle are owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), making Wilson potentially another player to depart St James’ Park for the Middle East.

Last summer, Allan Saint-Maximin, one of Newcastle’s key players, bolstered the club’s finances by joining Al-Ahli in a deal worth approximately £25 million.

Wilson’s future is already in question following significant interest during the January transfer window, with Atletico Madrid’s attempt being turned down.

He is set to enter the final year of his contract with Newcastle this summer and is now reportedly being considered as a potential replacement for Benzema in Jeddah.

Wilson scored the first goal in Eddie Howe’s team’s 4-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, boosting their efforts to qualify for the Europa League.

With this goal, the 32-year-old became Newcastle’s second-highest scorer in the Premier League, with a total of 47 goals, surpassing Peter Beardsley.

While he won’t reach Alan Shearer’s total of 148 goals, Newcastle will hope that Isak is prepared to resist the increasing interest in his signature and strive for similar success.

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