Rolfes is not considering offers for the prolific forward
Schick, 26, is a transfer target for both the Gunners and the Tyneside outfit (via HITC) with the Czech having a fine season for Leverkusen.
The striker has hit a remarkable 22 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances this season. He is fast becoming one of Europe’s most sought after centre-forwards.
However, Rolfes has played down talk that Schick could be headed to the Premier League.
“No one needs to contact us regarding Patrik. It’s normal for a top striker of his class to attract interest, but he will also play with us next season, that’s quite clear.”
Schick rose to prominence during the European Championships last summer, putting in some eye-catching performances for Czech Republic.
He scored what many deem to be the best goal of the tournament against Scotland in the group stages. He lobbed the Scottish goalkeeper from way over 40 yards out. Schick was also the joint top scorer in the competition with Cristiano Ronaldo with five goals each.
His impressive form has continued for Leverkusen this season and not only are Arsenal and Newcastle admirers of the striker.
West Ham United and are also tracking the 25-year-old who has three years left on his current deal at the BayArena. Meanwhile, Barcelona have been offered the opportunity to sign him (via aforementioned report).
Arsenal and Newcastle targeting a centre-forward signing this summer
Alexandre Lacazette has lacked form
Both Premier League sides are in need of attacking reinforcements given their output this season. Arsenal have felt the loss of former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was let go off in January due to fallout with manager Mikel Arteta.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have disappointed in the Gabonese striker’s absence. Between them, they have scored just six goals in 43 Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have been on a resurgence under Eddie Howe since January. The side have risen out of the relegation spots and sitting comfortably in 10th spot.
However, they are still dealing with goalscoring issues with January signing Chris Wood failing to contribute in that department. The New Zealand striker has managed just two goals in 15 appearances since arriving at St James’ Park.
Callum Wilson is the side’s current top scorer with six Premier League goals to his name but he has had an injury hampered season.
He has managed just 15 appearances and therefore the Magpies’ goalscoring burden has fallen on other areas of the team.