Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro has claimed that the club will not sell Patrik Schick amid interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.
Speaking to Sky Germany, as quoted by Goal, Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro has made it clear that they have no intentions of selling in-form forward Patrik Schick, who has emerged as a summer transfer target for Arsenal and Barcelona.
Schick has been with Bayer Leverkusen since 2020, when he signed from AS Roma after a season-long loan stint with RB Leipzig. While the Czech Republic international had a decent debut season with Die Werkself, he has taken his game up a notch since a marvellous UEFA Euro 2020 campaign last year.
Schick has been in fine form in the Bundesliga, bagging 20 goals and three assists from 20 matches in the ongoing campaign, which has put him on the radars of European giants like Barcelona and Arsenal.
Both the clubs are on the lookout for attacking additions in the summer, with Barcelona looking for a player to fill the vacancy left by Lionel Messi’s departure and Arsenal on the hunt for a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading to their interest in Schick.
However, Carro has effectively ruled out a summer exit for the 26-year-old, insisting that Leverkusen will not entertain such a possibility as they are very happy with the player and the forward himself is content at the BayArena.
“No, we will not sell Patrik Schick. There is no need to talk about that at all,” Carro explained. “We are very happy that he is with us, and we firmly count on him for the next few years,” he added.
This will likely come as a blow for Arsenal and Barcelona, although they are looking at several options other than Schick. Indeed, both the clubs have set their sights on Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak as an option. Apart from the Swede, the Gunners are also looking at Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, while the Blaugrana are interested in Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski.
It remains to be seen who Arsenal and Barcelona end up signing in the summer. But as things stand, they unlikely to get their hands on Patrik Schick this year.