A big update has emerged on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Czech Republic international Patrik Schick…
Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie has provided an insight into how much money Bayer Leverkusen want for the centre-forward, whilst also dropping claims on the club’s overall search for a number nine to bolster Eddie Howe’s squad.
He Tweeted: Newcastle in desperate need of a striker before Saturday. Multiple names have been linked (whether offered up or actual interest) at different times. Solanke, Schick, Wood, Azmoun, Origi…the list goes on. Getting one in without being ripped off the problem! #NUFC.”
Downie then revealed Schick’s valuation: “We understand there’s been no actual approach from Newcastle to Burnley for Chris Wood. And Leverkusen want £50m for Patrick Schick which would make anything there very difficult. Newcastle’s new owners finding out just how difficult this window is to work in #NUFC.”
This will surely leave Newcastle fans gutted as it suggests that a deal for Schick is not on the cards due to how much Leverkusen want for his services.
The 25-year-old has had an incredible season in the Bundesliga and could be a phenomenal signing for the Magpies this month. He has scored 17 goals in 15 appearances for the German outfit, averaging a WhoScored rating of 7.60, and has one assist to his name. This comes after he managed five goals in five games at the European Championships in the summer for his country, showing that he can do it on one of the biggest stages.
His record in previous seasons is also impressive, albeit not to the same degree as his current form. Schick netted 19 times in 35 Bundesliga starts for Leipzig and Leverkusen combined between the 2019/20 and 2020/21 campaigns, proving that he can beat the goalkeeper on a consistent basis.
Therefore, he could provide an added goalscoring threat to Howe’s side in the Premier League. Schick has proven that he can score goals in the Bundesliga and at international level and supporters will surely be gutted that it appears as though he will now be priced out of a move by his club.
It will now be down to Howe and his team to identify alternative targets and ensure that they are able to get the best possible deal for the Magpies, both financially and in terms of what they offer on the pitch.