Borussia Dortmund to receive seven digit sum for removing the buyback clause in Alexander Isak’s contract

Alexander Isak (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Alexander Isak (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images) /

Borussia Dortmund will receive a payment somewhere in the middle seven digit range so that the buyback clause in Alexander Isak’s contract will be removed.

Alexander Isak’s time with Borussia Dortmund was tumultuous, to say the least. Isak moved to the Westfalenstadion in January of 2017, with the heavy label of “the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic” looming over his head. He came into the team at the young age of 17 while Dortmund were still spearheaded by Thomas Tuchel, who had no say in the move in the first place.

Up front, Dortmund still had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line, which made it clear from the off that Isak would get limited minutes. And even after his sale, Isak found playing time hard to come by.

The young Swede only made a total of 13 senior appearances for the senior side, spending most of his time playing for the second team in the Regionalliga West. Even when players were out injured, coaches often preferred to play one of his teammates up front and out of position rather than giving him a proper run of games. Isak would eventually go out on loan to Dutch side Willem II, where he made enough of an impression that Real Sociedad put in an offer for the striker, which Dortmund accepted.

Since the move, Isak has been a very important player for Sociedad, reaching a high of 17 goals and 2 assists in the league this past season. It is because of these impressive performances that Dortmund have once again become involved in the player’s future. In selling Isak, Dortmund put in a 30 million buyback clause, in case the player make good on his potential.

Unsurprisingly, even though perhaps a move for Isak would strategically make sense, Isak has been clearly less than interested in a return to the Westfalenstadion, and who can blame him?

Despite this, with the interest now surrounding Isak and a potential move after the Euros, Dortmund still stand to make some funds. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Real Sociedad have been in talks with BVB to remove the buyback option his contract. Sporting Director Michael Zorc confirmed this news by stating that they have now agreed to cancel the buyback option. RN reports that the compensation payment will be in the mid-single-digit million range, so somewhere between 5 and 6 million euros.

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This is probably the best option for all parties involved, considering Isak has no interest in returning and BVB are not looking to sign him. It is very nice to seek him flourish in Spain and for Sweden however, and we can only hope he has a long and successful career, wherever it is that he ends up.