Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked with the Goodison Park exit door in the last few weeks and as a result, Everton have been touted with moves for a number of Europe’s top strikers.
Swiss forward Haris Seferovic could join Rafa Benitez at the Toffees but they’re now in the hunt for a more electrifying forward at Euro 2020.
According to reports in Italy (via TEAMtalk), Everton are interested in signing Patrik Schick from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.
The Czech Republic striker enjoyed a fabulous European Championships and has also attracted the interest of Tottenham.
However, for any deal to be concluded, Benitez and Marcel Brands will have to part ways with a hefty sum of money.
Schick only just signed for Leverkusen a year ago and as a result, there is no pressure to sell.
That said, if they receive an offer of €40m (£34m) they might be willing to offload.
If Everton bring Schick to Merseyside this summer then it could well send Calvert-Lewin running for the hills.
The England international found the net on 21 occasions last term and was provided with no competition for a central striking berth.
However, the arrival of a new forward with similar qualities might have him sweating over his place in the team.
Of course, it would be foolish to dismiss Calvert-Lewin but his minutes could be reduced a little next season and most importantly, he might not have as many goal-scoring opportunities.
That’s because Schick is one of the most in-form strikers on the planet, enjoying a wonderful summer with Czech Republic.
His country reached the quarter-finals of the Euros before they were knocked out by Denmark.
Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise that new Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane described the 25-year-old as a player with “incredible finishing qualities” just a matter of days ago.
He only found the net 13 times last term but as he approaches his prime years, Schick looks like a force to be reckoned with.
The forward scored a mind-boggling goal from the halfway line against Scotland during matchday one of the European Championships and at 6 foot 2, is a brutal presence for any defender.
Like Calvert-Lewin, he is capable of reigning supreme in the air. Last term, he won 2.3 aerial battles per game in the Bundesliga and then a whopping 3.8 duels per match in the Europa League.
Capable of brutally dominating a backline, he’d be an exceptional signing, one that could finally give Everton’s current star striker some competition for his shirt.