Liverpool agree terms with 19-year-old forward from PL rivals - report
By Derek Smithson
Liverpool are set to sign Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that the Reds have won the race to sign the 19-year-old forward and he is set to complete his move to Anfield.
It is understood that the striker has agreed terms with the Merseyside club and is expected to be on under £20,000-a-week wages.
The report details that the England Under-21 international will leave Chelsea in the summer when his contract expires, but Liverpool will have to pay between £2million-£3million for his signature and the fee is likely to be decided by a tribunal as he is under the age of 24.
Klopp is expected to put Solanke straight into the club’s Under-23s side initially and then look to bring him to the first team fold.
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Solanke has made just one senior appearance during his time at Chelsea and struggled to make an impact in the senior set-up.
The teenager has proved his qualities at youth level and also scored seven goals in 26 appearances during a loan spell with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.
Football Insider verdict:
Solanke is set to move on from Chelsea this summer and Liverpool fans should be pleased if they pounce for the youngster. The 19-year-old has not had a real opportunity at Stamford Bridge to showcase his talents, but proved in the Dutch top flight that he can be strong in front of goal. Jurgen Klopp has already shown a willingness to promote youth during his time at Anfield and Solanke could be another player to break into the first team. The Englishman could join a talented young crop of players at Liverpool and turn out to be a smart piece of business.
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