Scouts deployed: Tottenham eyeing 21-year-old striker despite threat over release clause - report
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham Hotspur are scouting Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick, according to a report.
Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato Web claim scouts from Spurs were at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to watch the 21-year-old in the 1-1 draw between Sampdoria and Chievo on Sunday.
The striker did not score in the match but he did play 90 minutes, and has netted three goals in his last five Serie A games.
This comes after Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed Sampdoria chairman Massimo Ferrero announced he would like to up the striker’s release clause, which is currently £21.5million, to £42million.
Representatives from German giants Borussia Dortmund were also seen at the game.
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It was previously reported by Calcio Mercato that Spurs were ready to meet his release clause with a summer swoop.
Schick has also attracted interest from Juventus and Inter Milan, and has scored 13 goals in 33 league and cup appearances this season.
The striker has also been capped by the Czech Republic three times, scoring one goal.
Football Insider verdict
The fact Spurs are scouting Schick is a signal of intent that they are upping their pursuit of him. Although Harry Kane has enjoyed a fantastic season, the club look a little short of striking options following Vincent Janssen’s flop, so Schick could provide a good back-up option. He is still only 21 and his goal scoring record is fairly modest, but Mauricio Pochettino, who works well with young players, could bring him on leaps and bounds. The price may be a sticking point however, if his release clause is upped to £42million, Spurs are unlikely to be willing to pay it – though if it stays at £21.5million, you can expect a summer bid.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Pochettino has been handed a blow after Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to sign this 23-year-old.