Arsenal have reportedly added Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick to their list of summer targets.
The lone striker grabbed plenty of headlines at Euro 2020 last summer with five goals in four games. The 26-year-old Czech Republic striker has also been in brilliant form this season with 20 goals in 20 Bundesliga games. In fact only Robert Lewandowski is ahead of him in the German scoring charts.
That form has seen a number of clubs clamour for the towering attacker. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have been monitoring Schick’s situation at the German club.
That interest has seen Bayern place a reported price tag of around £50m on Schick’s head.
Sky Sports claimed that valuation had put off Newcastle and instead they landed Chris Wood from Burnley for £25m.
No according to Jeunes Footeux, Schick has emerged as a target for Arsenal.
There’s very little other detail on the story, other than Arsenal will be in need of reinforcements up front.
Arsenal could sign two strikers
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has departed.
Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette’s contracts are both expiring in the summer. And while there is hope that Lacazette could extend his time in north London, Nketiah looks destined to move on.
That could leave Edu and Mikel Arteta looking for two strikers. The pair tried to get a deal together with Fiorentina for Dusan Vlahovic in January.
Vlahovic though went to Juventus. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak has been linked with a move to The Emirates.
Schick though could well be a perfect fit for Arteta. A lone No.9 with physical presence, who thrives off support from out wide and in behind.
And Arsenal are set to have some spending power this summer.
Edu is planning “for a significant summer outlay” and, according to football.london, that stance will be backed by billionaire owner Stan Kroenke.