Everton are still in the hunt for Sampdoria’s Patrik Schick despite the striker having a medical with Serie A champions Juventus, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
The Old Lady agreed a €30million (£26.7million) deal for the Czech Republic international last month, but the move has stalled and the Toffees are prepared to pounce should it collapse completely.
The report claims that Schick’s medical showed a heart condition which has prompted Juventus to perform an in-depth examination of the problem before they agree to any transfer.
Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are amongst the other clubs eyeing the forward, with the results of the tests expected later on Monday.
With such a hefty price tag and the possibility of a medical issue hanging over the 21-year-old, any move will now be considered something of a gamble despite his solid first season in Italy’s top flight.
After coming through the ranks at Sparta Prague, Schick made a total of 10 appearances for the Czech giants before going out on loan to Bohemians 1905 during the 2015-16 campaign.
Following a relatively successful season he made the switch to Sampdoria last summer and enhanced his burgeoning reputation by finding the net 11 times in 32 Serie A outings, of which only 14 came as a starter.
Everton are on the lookout for a new front man after seeing the talismanic Romelu Lukaku leave for Manchester United earlier this month.
Having already landed youngster Sandro Ramirez from Malaga and the experienced Wayne Rooney from the Red Devils, manager Ronald Koeman does have options up top but with the Toffees competing on four fronts next term he will be keen to ensure that they have ample cover in all positions.
A move to Goodison Park is still some way away for Schick and it appears to only be an outside chance that he will be plying his trade in the Premier League come August.