General view inside the Juventus Stadium
Inter Milan's new director of football Walter Sabatini has told Corriere Dello Sport that he believes Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick is heading to Juventus.
Schick, 21, came up through the ranks with Sparta Prague in his native Czech Republic, but scored just one goal in ten games, with his loan spell at Bohemians 1905 – where he hit eight goals in 28 games – earning him a big move last summer.
Sampdoria's Patrik Schick in action
Sampdoria took a chance on Schick, and their faith has been rewarded. With 13 goals in 35 games in all competitions this season, Schick has taken Italian football by storm with some impressive performances and superb goals.
With 24 goals 35 games for Czech Republic at various youth levels – as well as one goal in three caps at senior level – Schick looks set for stardom domestically and on the international stage.
A recent report from Secolo XIX reported that Inter Milan and Juventus were both keen to keep Schick in Italy, but Tottenham had reached an agreement with the striker's agent, and just needed a deal with Sampdoria to sign Schick.
Follow-up news has been thin on the ground ever since, and Inter Milan's new director of football Walter Sabatini has been asked about Inter's interest and the situation as a whole.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Sabatini, as quoted by Corriere Dello Sport, has suggested that Inter won't be signing Schick this summer, as he believes that the striker has already agreed to sign for Juventus instead.
The news may be something of a blow to Tottenham as they attempt to find a goalscorer who can offer cover for Harry Kane, and it will be fascinating to see how Schick fares in Turin given competition for places from Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic.
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