Patrik Schick has left Roma on a permanent basis, three years after his costly arrival.
Schick was signed from Sampdoria for what would become a club-record fee in 2017. However, a combination of factors meant he never got close to repaying his price tag.
The Czech striker scored just three goals in his first season at Roma, and five in his second. In total, he scored eight goals from 58 appearances.
Last summer, Schick left Roma for a new adventure, joining RB Leipzig on loan. He got his career back on track in Germany, outscoring his entire Roma tally in just one year by netting 10 goals from 27 appearances.
Despite his improved form, Leipzig were unwilling to meet the value of the option to buy they had in Schick’s contract. However, a new suitor has come forward to take the 24-year-old off Roma’s hands for good.
Bayer Leverkusen have bought Schick for a fee of €26.5m. Roma will retain a sell-on clause that will see them gain 10% of the profits when Schick leaves Leverkusen.
Leverkusen’s sporting director is no stranger to Roma fans, of course. Rudi Voller knew a thing or two about succeeding as a striker in Rome – much more than the man he has just bought – having scored 67 times in 195 games across a five-year spell with the club.