As reported by Bild, Bayer Leverkusen will react to the continued injury problems of Patrik Schick by targeting Union Saint-Gilloise striker Victor Boniface.
The Nigerian striker is well thought of in the Leverkusen camp, especially after the Europa League quarter-finals last season where the 22-year-old gave the Belgian side a 1-0 lead during the first leg. Nevertheless, with three years left on his current deal, Union will not allow the striker to leave without receiving a lucrative offer.
What has concerned the hierarchy at Die Werkself, however, is the Nigerian’s injury record. He has previously sustained two cruciate ligament tears while playing in Norway, and another injury-prone striker is undoubtedly not ideal for Leverkusen.
Nonetheless, last season, Boniface appeared 51 times for Union where he scored 17 goals and collected 12 assists. Far more than just a goalscorer, Boniface can act as the perfect foil for a fellow strike partner.
While there is certainly interest in the Nigerian striker, Leverkusen have not closed the door on other potential targets. The profiles of Wout Weghorst and Niclas Füllkrug still appeal to the Werkself and both are still being discussed internally.
GGFN | Will Shopland