Newcastle United are set to miss out on their top transfer target Patrik Schick as Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Bayer Leverkusen have reached an agreement with AS Roma over a deal in the summer window.
According to the Italian journalist, everything is done pending an official announcement and the transfer fee will be in the region of €26m plus bonuses, which is the equivalent of around £23.2m.
Indeed, this is a blow to the Tyneside club given what Schick could have offered them going into the new season. The Czech Republic international would likely add goals up front, with a relatively impressive 10 strikes in 28 matches last term as well as three assists whilst on loan at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, as per Transfermarkt.
Compare that to Newcastle strikers Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, Joelinton and Yoshinori Muto, who only managed to register a mere six goals between them in the Premier League in 2019/20, with both Carroll and Muto drawing blanks (via Whoscored).
Schick did not only outscore all of these players combined, but he also averaged the most shots and key passes per game in their respective domestic leagues (per the website).
However, it looks as if Steve Bruce has missed out on signing the 24-year-old and will now have to pursue other transfer targets in the centre-forward position as the manager looks to add goals to his squad.
The Magpies are reportedly expected to make an offer for Bournemouth ace Callum Wilson, but Bruce will want to act fast with the new season just around the corner.
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