Liverpool and Chelsea could well find themselves arguing over the fee payable for Dominic Solanke this summer following the young striker’s stunning performances at the Under-20 World Cup which saw him walk away with the Golden Ball award.
Solanke will technically become a free agent when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the month and has already agreed a deal to join Liverpool on 1st July.
But as a result of Solanke being under the age of 23, he is not eligible for a free transfer and the Reds must still pay a compensation fee to acknowledge Chelsea’s efforts in aiding the development of the player.
It had been thought that fee, to be determined by an upcoming tribunal if no prior agreement can be made, would be around the £3m mark.
However, after Solanke’s recent displays whilst representing England at the Under-20 World Cup, there have been reports that Chelsea could now demand up to £10m.
The 19-year-old scored five goals in the Under-20 tournament as England lifted their first World Cup at any level since 1966.
Yet according to the Liverpool Echo with sources on the opposite side of the negotiating table, Liverpool are ‘confident’ that the Under-20 World Cup will not serve to inflate the price and therefore still believe they will pay just £3m when the final figure is settled.
The tribunal panel will take into account his age, first-team experience and interest from other clubs. What supports Liverpool’s case is that Solanke didn’t play any first-team games for Chelsea in the 2016/17 Season.