By Russell Edge
Sampdoria have revealed they intend to alter the release clause of coveted striker Patrik Schick amid reported interest from Tottenham.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that Spurs are keen to sign the 21-year-old striker, who has hit 13 goals in 31 appearances for Sampdoria this season.
The young Czech Republic striker was reported to have a £21million (€25m) release clause in his contract, and the Italian sports news outlet claimed that Spurs were ready to meet this.
However, chairman of Sampdoria, Massimo Ferrero, has confirmed in an interview that he intends to try and remove the clause to ward off potential suitors, or at least raise it in order to receive a healthy fee.
Speaking to Italian news outlet Secolo XIX, Ferrero said of the clause: “We’d like to raise it or remove it. The goal is to keep him and avoid mockery.”
When asked on what price he would want to raise the release clause to, Ferrero told Secolo XIX: “We would like to bring it to €50m (£42m), or to remove it.
“At €25m, every day you are at risk of top clubs who are willing to pay.”
Tottenham are expected to face fierce competition for the 21-year-old forward, with North London rivals Arsenal, as well as Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan, all interested in the three-time Czech international.
Football Insider verdict:
This news will come as a big blow to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who had hoped to steal a bargain with Patrik Schick’s £21m release clause. That is good value for a quality striker, who, at the young age of 21, is only going to improve. However, raising the release clause, or removing it entirely, is going to push Spurs out of the race for his signature. Despite all the success in the last two season, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is always demanding value for money. As such, he is likely to be unwilling to loosen the purse strings for a 21-year-old who has no guarantee of being a first team regular with Harry Kane up front. However, it is understandable from Sampdoria, who do not want to lose one of their greatest assets without suitable reward.
In other Tottenham news, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has made a bold claim about the White Hart Lane side.