Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with Sampdoria striker, Patrik Schick, but who is he?
- Agent recently denied claims of a meeting between himself, Spurs, and Arsenal
- Schick’s contract with Sampdoria runs until 2020
- Forward has 3 caps for the Czech Republic
- 21-year-old started his career at Sparta Prague
Speaking just a few days ago, his agent had a bit more to say. “I won’t comment on rumours published in Italian, Czech or other countries’ newspapers,” Pavel Paska told Idnes.
“We’re experienced enough not to have our heads turned by this stuff. We know what we want, we have a clear plan and we’ll discuss it.
“Now Patrik has to learn to play 25-30 games as a starter. We split our tasks, he focuses on doing well on the pitch and I do the rest.
“When there’s something interesting, we’ll sit around a table and decide.
“His progress? He’s growing really well, not even I expected it. It’s normal that playing abroad he’s got better, as was the case with [Karel] Poborsky and [Patrik] Berger before him.
“Patrik is progressing steadily, I think he can become one of the best strikers in the world.”
The 21-year-old striker has scored eight goals and assisted three for Sampdoria in Serie A this season. He’s also played a total of 149 minutes over three appearances in Coppa Italia, in which which he’s scored twice. However, he’s only made six starts.
After rising through the ranks at Sparta Prague between 2013-14, 6ft 2in Schick made his senior debut on 3 May 2014 against Teplice. Sparta lost 3-1.
The following season, he was loaned out to Bohemians Praha 1905, where he made 27 league appearances and scored eight goals.
In 2016, he moved to Italy to join Sampdoria for £3.5m.
Schick has represented the Czech republic from an under-16 level and has been capped three times for the senior team, scoring one goal against Malta in an international friendly.
The youngster reportedly has a £21m release clause but Spurs are apparently only willing to shell out £17m.
Everton, West Brom and Inter have also been linked.