Arsenal aren’t short of strikers with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli, but 90min say the Gunners may be battling Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Everton for Patrick Schick’s signature.
Mikel Arteta is blessed with depth in attack, but Lacazette has only scored three goals this season while rejecting a contract extension, Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy while scoring just four goals in 14 league games and Nketiah hasn’t commanded a starting place in 2021/22.
That leaves a void for another striker to fill and Schick wouldn’t be a bad option – Arsenal are said to have ‘watched’ him in action. The 25-year-old joined Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal in 2020 and has gone on to make 54 appearances in all competitions, scoring 29 goals with five assists.
Schick has scored one goal in 10 games for AC Sparta Prague (2014 – 2016), scored eight goals in 29 games on loan at Bohemians Prague (2016), scored 13 goals in 35 games for UC Sampdoria (2016 – 2018), scored eight goals in 58 games for AS Roma (2018 – 2020) and scored 10 goals in 28 games on loan at RB Leipzig (2019/20).
The Czech Republic international, who boasts 17 goals in 33 games for his country, has netted 16 goals in 14 Bundesliga games this season. His stock couldn’t be higher after he also top-scored with Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2020, so Leverkusen have little interest in selling next month.
Schick’s asking price is £50m, so it remains to be seen if Arsenal can match their demands. The Gunners were in a lot of debt over the summer and spent over £150m on new signings, so it’s hard to see them shelling out £50m in January, even if they need a striker.
Leverkusen have Schick tied down until 2025, so why would they cash in before the season has ended? They have no obligation to sell, especially for cheap, so Arsenal may struggle to get a deal over the line. The stiff competition for the 25-year-old won’t help their chances either.