Manchester United move ‘rejected’ by Newcastle United star amid sell-on clause claim

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The Magpies completed their record signing on Friday afternoon.

Newcastle United’s record signing Alexander Isak turned down an offer from Manchester United before completing his £58million move to Tyneside - according to reports in Spain.

The Magpies ended their long search for a new striker on Friday afternoon when the Sweden international completed the formalities of the deal to take him to St James Park.

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Isak was unable to make his debut in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers as delays over a work permit forces him to watch on from the stands at Molineux.

Magpies boss Eddie Howe confirmed Isak is still awaiting clearances to make his debut in Wednesday night’s visit to Liverpool, meaning his first appearance for the club could come when Crystal Palace head to St James Park on Saturday afternoon.

But one report in Spain has suggested the Magpies could have been facing their record signing in the Premier League had he chosen to accept on offer from Manchester United.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have reported the 13-time Premier League champions submitted a ‘juicy offer’ for Isak ahead of his move to Tyneside.

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Describing the Magpies new frontman as ‘a battering ram’, the report suggests Isak’s representatives advised him against the offer, in a move that saw him denied a chance to face his former club in the Europa League over the coming weeks.

Intriguingly, La Liga giants Real Madrid were ‘aware’ of the approaches from both Premier League clubs after holding a serious interest in Isak in the recent past.

However, it was Newcastle that completed a move for the 23-year-old and they will now hope he can make his first appearance for the club over the coming days.

The report also confirmed Real Sociedad have inserted a 10% sell-on clause in the deal that has brought Isak to Tyneside and revealed the striker has tripled his weekly wage at St James Park.

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