Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign in-form RB Leipzig striker Patrik Schick when his loan spell from Roma expires.
Schick has enjoyed a successful debut season in Germany, scoring 10 goals in the Bundesliga. Three of those came in his first three starts since the league resumed in May.
His form this year has marked a stark contrast to his time with his parent club. Despite being Roma’s record signing in 2017, Schick scored just eight times for them in two years.
Hence, the Italian side will still be looking to find a buyer for him this summer, despite his good form. However, Leipzig are unable to afford their option to buy – forcing Schick to look elsewhere.
Consequently, he could end up in the Premier League. That could be helped by the fact that Roma have instructed Franco Baldini to search for a potential buyer for Schick.
Baldini is technically only an advisor to Roma, and does not hold an official role there. However, with their sporting director Gianluca Petrachi having been suspended by the club, Baldini is expected to play a bigger role for them in the upcoming transfer window.
The former Tottenham technical director – who sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid – has helped Roma negotiate several deals with English clubs in recent years. And his services are set to be used again – potentially to his old club’s advantage.
TOTTENHAM IN FOUR-WAY BATTLE FOR SCHICK
According to Corriere Dello Sport, Spurs are one of the clubs Baldini has offered Schick to. Tottenham are searching for a back-up for Harry Kane, and came up against Schick in the Champions League this season.
Roma are demanding at least €25m for the Czech forward, who is also attracting interest from Arsenal. The report also mentions Everton and Newcastle as interested parties.
Tottenham added Steven Bergwijn to their squad in January, but still need someone more used to playing in a central attacking role. As for their rivals Arsenal, doubts linger over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Meanwhile, Everton could be looking for competition for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. And their interest in Schick is nothing new.
The 24-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League. After revealing that he could have joined Everton or Crystal Palace before Leipzig, Schick said in March that he is “very attracted” to the idea of playing in England.
Schick’s contract at Roma expires in 2022. It is not specified whether any club has responded to Baldini over the offers yet.