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30th May, 2017 | 5:33pm

Done deal: Liverpool agree terms with forward, he will join on 1 July

By Derek Smithson

Liverpool have completed a deal to sign forward Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Reds confirmed on their official website that they have agreed personal terms with the 19-year-old.

The England Under-21 international will compete his move to Anfield on 1 July when his existing contract at Chelsea expires.

Solanke is a product of Chelsea’s academy system and has been unable to force his way into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

The highly rated youngster only made one senior appearance for the Blues, but has been a frequent winner with the club’s talented youth teams.

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He also proved himself during a loan spell will Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem by scoring seven goals in 26 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.

Liverpool have decided to pick the youngster up on a free and he will hope to be the next rising star to cut the grade for the Merseyside club, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Wilson tipped for big things.

Football Insider verdict: 

Solanke’s short career was in danger of stalling and becoming like several of Chelsea’s other youngsters, but a move to Liverpool could be the making of him. The 19-year-old needs a new club as his existing deal expires at Stamford Bridge and he was never going to get a chance behind Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi, while loanee Tammy Abraham is set to be back at the club next season. Solanke is moving to a club in Liverpool that are keen to promote youth and he could get a chance under Jurgen Klopp. The striker certainly has the talents and has proved that in an England shirt, but replicating that at club level is the next step for him.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club’s attacking target has revealed he wants to quit.

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