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Arsenal prepare swap deal for Roma striker Schick

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery

Bengaluru, November 12: Arsenal are willing to offer Aaron Ramsey to Roma in a deal which would see striker Patrik Schick head the other way on loan, according to reports.

The midfield ace's future has been subject intense speculation since the Gunners top brass withdrew their contract extension for the Welshman.

Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan have all showed interest in signing the 27-year-old.

However, after latest development, reports in Italy have claimed that the Gunners are willing to involve Ramsey in a swap deal for 22-year-old striker Patrik Schick.

Schick has not scored for Roma this season but he has only played 273 minutes and has made just two starts for Serie A side.

But the Czech forward has not lost his touch in front of goal scoring in both international friendlies for Czech Republic in their latest games.

And with Danny Welbeck's injury, which will likely see him out of action for the rest of the season, a replacement up front for the Gunners is needed immediately and Emery has earmarked Schick for that.

Raul Sanllehi, an executive at Arsenal, recently told the media that Arsenal will only dip into the market in case of an "emergency" and Welbeck's injury could prove to be just that.

He said: "It's there for emergencies, a big injury or if something is really not working and you need to recover there. I give much more importance to the summer windows."

The north London club face competition for the forward, however, with Spanish sides Sevilla and Valladolid also reportedly keen for his signature.

Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are doing well under Emery thus far this season, but Welbeck has also been a major force for the Gunners coming off the bench and his loss could be disadvantage to the Gunners surge to Champions League.

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    Story first published: Monday, November 12, 2018, 11:36 [IST]
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