‘Schick won’t leave without…’

Sampdoria director Carlo Osti warns “Patrik Schick will only leave if we are able to find a replacement,” as Inter and Roma do battle.

The Corriere dello Sport claims this evening that the Giallorossi have reached an agreement worth €38m, but other sources suggest the player is leaning towards Inter.

“It’s a summer full of surprises,” director of sport Osti told Rai Sport.

“The player is with us, I am convinced he can still make the difference with Sampdoria. He is liked by many clubs and that’s only right, especially as he can still improve a great deal.

“He is not admired just in Italy, but also abroad. We are open to everyone, we will wait for everyone, but at the end of the day (President Massimo) Ferrero will have the last word.

“It’s only logical that Sampdoria have to think about what follows Schick, if an offer we can’t refuse should arrive. We have various players that we like, but Patrik will only leave if we are able to find a replacement.

“I think the final week of the transfer window will be decisive for the more important moves. There is no longer a clause in Schick’s contract, so the negotiations are free for any figure.”

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CL: Roma and Napoli in Pot 3

Juventus are seeded for the Champions League draw on August 24, with Roma and Napoli in Pot 3.

The Partenopei secured their qualification this evening with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Nice.

It’s only the second time since 2010 that an Italian side has come through the Champions League play-off unscathed.

Juve won the Scudetto and reached the Final twice in the last three years, so are seeded in the draw.

Napoli would’ve been in Pot 2 had Sevilla failed to qualify, but the Spaniards squeezed through past Basaksehir.

Instead, both the Partenopei and Roma will be third seeds.

Champions League draw

Pot 1

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 2

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United

Pot 3

Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Roma, Besiktas, Liverpool

Pot 4

Celtic, CSKA Moscow/Young Boys, Copenhagen/Qarabag, Sporting CP/Steaua, APOEL/Slavia Prague, Feyenoord, Maribor, RB Leipzig

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Roma hold new Schick meeting

Roma directors are meeting Sampdoria tonight to discuss a €25-30m offer for Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick.

This evening, Samp President Massimo Ferrero had already confirmed “Roma are a long way ahead of the other pretenders for Schick.”

Now Mediaset Premium and Calciomercato.it are among those reporting that Giallorossi directors Monchi and Mauro Baldissoni were having a meeting with Samp lawyer Antonio Romei.

It’s rumoured the offer on the table is €25m plus bonuses, which could take it to €30m.

Inter had been in advanced negotiations for Schick, but pulled out when Sampdoria wouldn’t accept a loan with option to buy.

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Ferrero: ‘Roma far ahead for Schick’

“I can confirm Roma are a long way ahead of the other pretenders for Patrik Schick,” said Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero.

The striker had been due to join Juventus, but failed a medical due to a minor cardiac irregularity that has now been resolved.

Inter were then on the verge of completing a deal, but pulled out when Samp refused to accept a loan with obligation to buy.

Roma dived in for the Czech Republic hitman, who is valued at over €30m, with a surprise meeting at the weekend.

“I can confirm that Roma are a long way ahead of the other pretenders for Schick,” Ferrero told LaRoma24.it.

“I won’t talk about the player’s entourage, because I cannot discuss things that aren’t in my purview.”

The 21-year-old scored 13 goals with five assists in 35 appearances last season, between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

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Juventus still want Schick, but…

Juventus are reportedly still interested in Patrik Schick, but relations with Sampdoria are not good.

The striker was all-set to join the Bianconeri earlier this summer, with a €30m transfer agreed between the clubs.

However, the Czech international failed his medical due to a heart issue, and Juve pulled the plug on the deal.

After a month off to rest, Schick has now been declared fit to return to action, and Sky reports that the champions are still interested, and made contact with his entourage.

Despite that, relations are not good with Samp following this summer’s aborted move, so finding an agreement could prove difficult.

Nonetheless it’s thought Schick’s first preference is the Old Lady, ahead of Inter, Roma, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

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