Arsenal were encouraged to move quickly if their interest in Sampdoria’s Patrik Schick was concrete and now it seems they’ve missed their chance to sign him.
A number of clubs across Europe’s top leagues have monitored the 21-year-old’s progress and this year’s Champions League runners-up Juventus are close to signing the youngster, reports ESPN.
Currently on international duty with the Czech Republic, Schick’s €25m release clause was seen as a feasible fee by the Serie A champions who are prepared to pay the money and avoid missing out on him.
It seems that’s exactly what Arsenal have done here, despite their rumoured interest over the past few months. Instead, they are potentially prioritising moves for players like Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette whilst attempting negotiations with key players to extend their respective deals at the club and Schick referred to a possible move when talking to broadcaster Isport.Blesk.
He was quoted as saying: “It [the proposed move] is possible that there’s an agreement before the match against Norway on Saturday. But still, it is difficult to say. It’s all under negotiation, there are still other options.”
If the deal is complete, it’s likely that he’ll be loaned back to Sampdoria for a season or two. Similar to the agreement they made with Sassuolo for Domenico Berardi in 2013, Juventus could profit from a talented youngster whose stock quickly rose with impressive displays last season.
Although it’s unclear whether he was high on Arsenal’s rumoured summer shortlist, this deal represents another missed opportunity for the Gunners to sign a highly-rated youngster ahead of Europe’s other top sides. Hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come in the next few months.