Report: Liverpool eye swoop for £8m-rated wonderkid from PL rivals, player says he will move to Anfield in summer
By Danny Wright
Liverpool are lining up a move for Dominic Solanke from Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to a report.
The Sun reports that the highly-rated teenager has told his friends he will be joining up with Jurgen Klopp’s side in the summer.
Solanke wanted a new £50,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge and failed to reach an agreement to extend his stay past the summer.
The Reds may have to shell out £8million in compensation to capture the 19-year-olds signature as the transfer fee will be decided at a tribunal, similar to that of Danny Ings’ transfer from Burnley.
The 19-year-old has also been linked with a move to Celtic, but Solanke is reported to be ready to reject their advances in favour of a move to Anfield.
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A product of the Chelsea academy, Solanke has only made one first-team appearance for the club when he came off the bench in a 6-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League in 2014.
The England Under-21 striker spent last season on loan at Dutch club Vitesse.
He scored seven goals in 25 games for the Eredivise side. However a good chunk of his spell in Holland was plagued with an ankle injury.
Football Insider Verdict
Chelsea find it difficult to transition players from their academy to their first team. A number of young players have featured but usually only as subs with 10 or 15 minutes of a match left. Solanke’s contract demands were excessive and it’s easy to understand why Chelsea said no, but leaving the club is definitely in the player’s best interests if he is to further his career.
Liverpool have a much better history of bringing through young, English talent and at his age it could be the perfect time for Solanke to switch to a club who have limited striking options. Aside from Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, and the always-injured Ings, Klopp doesn’t have much in terms of out an out-and-out striker. Solanke could find the place to nurture his emerging talent and finally live up to his billing as a prodigious wonderkid.
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