By David Woods

28th Jun, 2018 | 1:33pm

Liverpool finally agree fee with Chelsea for Solanke - report

Liverpool and Chelsea have finally agreed on a fee for striker Dominic Solanke, after the 20-year-old moved to Anfield after his contract ran out at Stamford Bridge last summer, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that Chelsea were due compensation as Solanke was under 24, but it’s taken the two sides this long to agree the undisclosed fee for the talented striker.

That avoids the need to go to arbitration.

The Scottish Sun also claims that Rangers have been linked heavily with the striker but that Liverpool could make them wait until the end of the window to decide on the move.

Football Insider verdict:

It would be fascinating to know how much the two sides agreed that Solanke is worth after a less than dazzling campaign for Liverpool. Solanke didn’t get a lot of starts but did make 27 senior appearances for Liverpool last season, and scored just one goal – on the final day of the Premier League season, against Brighton in the 4-0 victory. The consensus is that Solanke isn’t ready to get regular game-time at Anfield next season, and now Jurgen Klopp needs to decide where the player would best develop. We think Rangers would be ideal. The last thing he needs is to go to a mid-lower Premier League side, not score and end up on the bench. At Rangers, Solanke would get to test himself in high-pressure situations in front of a massive crowd at Ibrox. He’d get to play the Old Firm derbies and the Europa league – as long as Rangers can navigate the tricky qualifiers. With those taking place before the window shuts, Liverpool might well keep their power dry to see if Rangers qualify. If they do, it could be a great move, with plenty of clubs Solanke would monster in the domestic league to build up his confidence. 

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