Leicester City inadvertantly threaten Tottenham Hotspur's reported Patrick Schick hopes

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Totenham Hotspur at St James' Park in...

Patrick Schick is still on Tottenham Hotspur's radar, though Leicester City could have a vital say in his future.

With just over a week remaining in the transfer window, Patrick Schick is still a Sampdoria player. His £26 million move to Juventus fell through last month after a heart defect was detected in his medical, as reported by The Sun, but that does not appear to have put off rival suitors.

Czech publication Daily Sport claimed recently that Tottenham Hotspur have been tracking the 21-year-old forward since April, when he exploded into form in Serie A, netting a stunning solo goal against Crotone reminiscent of Arsenal great Denis Bergkamp.

Patrik Schick of UC Sampdoria celebrates the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Torino and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on April 29, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

And the report adds that Spurs are still keen, despite his affordable buyout clause expiring mid-way through last month, meaning Samp can now demand far more for their prized asset.

However, Calciomercato reports that a bidding war could be about to begin with Roma plotting a move to make Schick, who scored 11 goals in just 14 Serie A starts last season, their marquee summer signing.

Schick's saga

The report adds that Roma’s sudden desire to big bid for the Czech Under-21 star is a consequence of Leicester City’s hardline stance over the future of Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian winger confirmed his desire to leave the King Power Stadium at the start of this summer but, deep into August, he is still a Leicester player. And, to Mahrez’s credit, he continues to perform impressively despite angling for a move away, putting the likes of Virgil van Dijk, who has gone on strike to force a move from Southampton, to shame.

Sky Sports reported recently that Roma have had three bids rejected for Mahrez, the last totalling a club-record £32 million. However, with The Foxes demanding upwards of £40 million, it appears unlikely that the 2016 Premier League Player of the Year will replace Mo Salah at the Stadio Olimpico.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Therefore, Leicester have inadvertently added another bump in the road as Spurs attempt to lure Schick to North London.

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