Borussia Dortmund beats Real Madrid to sign Alexander Isak

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund has beaten Real Madrid to the signature of 17-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak from Swedish side AIK Solna.

The youngster was set to join Real Madrid last week, but a change of heart saw him opting for the Bundesliga club instead.

Isak and his advisers, who were in Dortmund on Sunday to conclude the deal, are likely to have taken to heart the struggles of another Scandinavian prospect, Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard found life hard at Real Madrid since joining Los Blancos as a 16-year-old in January 2015 — the Norwegian had made only one appearance for the European champions since then, and was loaned to Dutch club Heerenveen this month.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director, Michael Zorc, said: “Alexander Isak is a hugely-talented striker, who many top clubs in Europe wanted to sign. We are delighted that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund. Both BVB and the player himself are convinced that this transfer has great potential.”

However, as Isak is under-18, the transfer deal reported to be worth 10 million euros needs approval by football world governing body FIFA.

The teenager previously debuted for AIK in February 2016, scoring 13 goals in 29 games.

He subsequently became Sweden’s youngest ever goalscorer when he netted against Slovakia on 12 January this year. Aged 17 years and 113 days at the time, Isak broke a 105-year record in the process.

He had already became the second youngest Swedish player ever four days previously when he made his debut against Ivory Coast.

Sweden national coach Janne Andersson, said after the two games: “Isak is rewriting history and I am not surprised. I knew that he would do well. He is calm and incredibly stable. It’s been fun to get to know him.”

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