Tottenham and Everton’s chances of signing Patrik Schick have received a boost after RB Leipzig admitted they won’t be able to afford his full transfer fee.
The striker has spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan with the Bundesliga side from AS Roma, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances in all competitions.
As part of the loan agreement, Leipzig were given the option to make his move to the Red Bull Arena permanent by paying a sum of €29million at the end of the current season, but their sporting director Markus Krosche has confirmed they will no longer be able to pay that amount.
In an interview with Sport Bild, relayed on Football Italia, Krosche said: “It won’t be possible for us to pay the full amount for Schick’s signature. [But] we want to find a solution.”
It is believed that the financial impact of the coronavirus, which has seen clubs around the world miss out on huge amounts of income in recent months, is the reason behind Leipzig’s inability to match the asking price.
They are therefore hoping to negotiate with Roma in an attempt to the reduce the €29million figure, however there has been no indication whether the Serie A side would be willing to compromise.
The developments could provide Spurs and Everton the chance to swoop in and steal the player from under the noses of the German club, though, with both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti looking to add to their forward options ahead of next term.
Spurs could be in need of a replacement for talisman Harry Kane, who continues to be linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Manchester United and Real Madrid weighing up moves for the England international.
Everton, meanwhile, will be heading into their first full year under three-time Champions League winning manager Ancelotti and will be hoping to add serious quality to their squad as they look to progress up the league table and challenge for European places.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has performed well since the ex-AC Milan manager arrived in December, is currently the Toffees’ number one choice up front but they are lacking depth in that position, particularly with Cenk Tosun likely to be on his way out of Goodison.
What’s more, the 24-year-old has previously spoken of his dream to play in the Premier League, which could give them a further advantage in the race for his signature.