Schick closing in on Leipzig move: loan with option to buy for nearly €28m


Goal.com: Roma’s Patrik Schick is closing in on a season-long loan move to RB Leipzig, with Goal able to confirm that the Bundesliga side have an option to purchase the forward at the end of the loan deal for a fee in the region of €28 million. The Giallorossi are yet to sign a new striker in the summer window, instead focusing on defensive and midfield reinforcements in the form of Leonardo Spinazzola (Juventus), Pau Lopez (Real Betis), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta) and Amadou Diawara (Napoli). Roma have, however, been linked with an interest in Atletico Madrid’s Nikola Kalinic, now 31, with the Liga side seemingly deeming the Croatian striker surplus to requirements at the Wanda Metropolitano following the arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix.

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Leipzig mainstays Timo Werner and Youssuf Poulsen are likely to continue as first-choice strikers at the German club, with the former having recently signed a contract extension at Red Bull Arena amid reported interest from Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. The acquisition of Ademola Lookman from Everton does give Julian Nagelsmann an added option in attack, but with Lookman being more of a winger, Schick is being looked at more as competition for Werner and Poulsen and a solid rotation player.

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