FC Schalke 04 are interesting in signing more talented young attackers to add to a stable that includes Rabbi Matondo and Ahmed Kutucu, and San Lorenzo’s Adolfo Gaich appears to be on their radar.
Thanks to Benito Raman’s emergence, continued strong play from Ahmed Kutucu off the bench, and flashes of brilliance from the hard-working Rabbi Matondo, FC Schalke 04 have a positive situation in the attack after starting the season as a below-average goal-scoring side. And after acquiring Michael Gregoritsch on loan, the Royal Blues’ attack can do some serious damage in the Rückrunde.
They aren’t done scouring the market for potential stars of the future, though.
According to a report from Olè, Schalke are among five teams interested in acquiring 20-year-old San Lorenzo striker Adolfo Gaich. Villarreal, Club Brugge, Newcastle, and Benfica are the four other clubs with interest in Gaich.
Since Schalke are the only team in a top five league with a chance of making the Champions League next season out of that group of five clubs, they would be early favorites based on reputation. But since the other clubs could offer Gaich more playing time, that is something to consider.
Gaich’s release clause would reportedly cost 13.5 million euros, and San Lorenzo don’t want to budge from that value, especially with so many teams competing for his signature. It’s a reasonable release clause, but the Royal Blues usually like to spend considerably less money on up-and-coming stars.
San Lorenzo are currently in ninth in the Argentine Superliga, and Gaich is off to a torrid scoring start. In only 446 minutes, the Argentina international has scored four goals, giving him the best ratio of goals per 90 minutes on the team when not including penalties in the equation.
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Furthermore, Gaich leads the team with a shot on target on nearly 70% of his total shot attempts and an average of 1.82 shots on target per 90 minutes. He clearly has massive potential and is worth that release clause. Even if Schalke don’t sign Gaich, it’s great to see they are interested in such a clinical 20-year-old forward.