“I can confirm Roma are a long way ahead of the other pretenders for Patrik Schick,” said Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero.
The striker had been due to join Juventus, but failed a medical due to a minor cardiac irregularity that has now been resolved.
Inter were then on the verge of completing a deal, but pulled out when Samp refused to accept a loan with obligation to buy.
Roma dived in for the Czech Republic hitman, who is valued at over €30m, with a surprise meeting at the weekend.
“I can confirm that Roma are a long way ahead of the other pretenders for Schick,” Ferrero told LaRoma24.it.
“I won’t talk about the player’s entourage, because I cannot discuss things that aren’t in my purview.”
The 21-year-old scored 13 goals with five assists in 35 appearances last season, between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.