Borussia Dortmund, who have quickly earned a reputation for scouting some of the best young talent in Europe, have snapped up the much-hyped Swedish youngster Alexander Isak.
The 17-year-old AIK striker was last week reported to be nearing a move to Real Madrid, but Dortmund have beaten the Spanish giants to his signature.
Earlier this month, Sport360 included Isak in a feature on young players to watch out for in 2017.
And here are five things you need to know about Dortmund’s latest wonderkid…
Zlatan’s heir apparent?
AIK teammate Chinedu Obasi said Isak could “become the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic” after the youngster scored a brace in the Stockholm derby against Djurgarden last year, on his 17th birthday.
New Swedish transfer record
The transfer free Dortmund have reportedly paid for him, €10.2m (Dh 40.2m), is a new Swedish transfer record, breaking the record set by Ibrahimovic when Malmo sold him to Ajax. Ibrahimovic’s transfer would be worth €8.3m (Dh 32.8m) in today’s currency.
Isak became Sweden’s youngest-ever goalscorer earlier this month when he opened the scoring during Sweden’s 6-0 win over Slovakia at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on January 12. The record had stood for 105 years before Isak’s goal.
He broke into AIK’s U-17 team at the age of 14 before continuing his progress through the ranks. AIK’s scouting director, Tobias Ackerman, says Isak was among the best players in the U-17 team from the moment he was promoted to the squad.
A Dortmund first
Isak will be the first Swedish player to play in a Bundesliga match for Dortmund. He’ll be making club history from the moment he first steps on the pitch!
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