Sweden’s ‘next Zlatan’ signs for Borussia Dortmund

Swedish teenage prodigy Alexander Isak – dubbed the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic – has signed for Borussia Dortmund for a reported ten million euros ($10.7m) after they beat off a host of other top European clubs.

Sweden's 'next Zlatan' signs for Borussia Dortmund
Alexander Isak. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Isak, who earlier this month became Sweden's youngest international goalscorer at 17 years and 113 days, had been linked to Real Madrid but joined the Bundesliga club from Sweden's AIK after an apparent change of heart.

The gifted striker scored ten goals in 24 games in his debut season at AIK in 2016.

“Alexander Isak is a hugely talented striker who many top clubs in Europe wanted to sign,” Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told the club website. Borussia are currently fourth in the Bundesliga.

“We are delighted that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund. Both BVB and the player himself are convinced that this transfer has great potential.”

Alexander Isak with his new jersey. Photo: Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA/BVB

AIK said that representatives from 90 European clubs turned up at the ground in October last year to watch the youngster play in a match against Gothenburg.

Born in a Stockholm suburb to Eritrean parents, the teenager is still a minor and so the transfer is subject to approval by Fifa, football's governing body, which the club said they expected to receive soon.

Isak became Sweden's youngest international goalscorer on January 12th in a friendly against Slovakia in the United Arab Emirates.

The previous record was held by Erik Dahlström, aged 18 years and one day when he scored against Finland in 1912.


Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.