Borussia Dortmund have signed 17-year-old central forward Alexander Isak from Swedish club AIK Solna. The Swedish international joins the Ruhr side for a reported fee of €10m.
As 31-year-old striker Adrian Ramos is bound to leave for Chinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan, Dortmund have secured another hot European talent to replace the Colombian. Isak has signed a deal valid until 2022.
The Swede, who has scored 11 goals in 25 matches for AIK’s senior team in 2016, was previously thought to be close to joining Real Madrid according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. After Ousmane Dembélé, the 17-year-old is the next promising youngster BVB could lure to the Westfalenstadion despite offers from Europe’s elite clubs.
The Ruhr side have made it their strategy to develop the biggest talents in European football to international stars, as their reputation of being able to do just that allows them to attract the talent with bigger clubs also knocking on the door.
The 1,9-meter tall centre-forward is the second youngest player to debut for the Swedish national team and has set the record for youngest goalscorer for in a friendly against Slovakia earlier this year.
We asked AIK fan Pontus Strömberg about Dortmund’s newest signing:
“He is most of all a very smart player, his major quality is his understanding of the game, which makes him able to play in different positions and adapt to different roles. He often makes runs behind the defensive lines, he’s quick, stronger than he looks and of course very skilful technically, and can thus often get himself out of tight situations and/or break away from his opponents. He is well rounded, as his heading is good, while his finishing prowess is very similar to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s. He tends to score with precise low shots rather than firing spectacular strikes into the top corners. AIK mostly played him as one of two strikers in either a 4-4-2 or a 3-5-2 system. He has played alongside both speedy players, like (former Hoffenheim and Schalke player) Chinedu Obasi, and more stationary target players. Depending on the type of his partner in attack, he’s mostly been able to play as the counterpart to his striker partner. When Obasi played Isak acted more as a target player and a link between the midfielders and the Nigerian. He has also played a few times as a winger and done well in that position as well. I believe he can be useful in many ways, both on the counter-attack and in more locked-up games, and in several roles, depending on who he plays alongside.”
— Football Radars (@FussballRadars) November 7, 2016