Date: 30th March 2019 at 7:00pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

TuttoMercatoWeb linked Everton and RB Leipzig to Patrick Schick on Thursday, talking up the prospect of loaning the AS Roma forward this summer with an option to buy at the end of next season.

The 23-year-old has struggled since his move from Sampdoria in July 2018, scoring only three goals in 19 Serie A games this campaign, and he’s already being talked about departing the Stadio Olimpico.

Schick reportedly has a £20.6m asking price and earns £2.2m-a-year/£42k-per-week. He wouldn’t break the bank, but his form at Roma might be a worry to Everton. A loan with a buying option might be smarter, so long as the Merseysiders are not obligated to sign him at the end of next season.

Marco Silva is in the market for a striker but the Czech international may not be too high up on his wishlist. Schick has a total of eight goals in 53 games (including last season’s loan spell) which isn’t lucrative enough for a side aiming to break into the top-six of the Premier League.

Everton are 11th in the Premier League table and 17 points adrift of sixth-placed Chelsea with seven games remaining. A summer spending spree is expected to push harder next season, but whether Schick will be one of the players recruited remains to be seen.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article