Liverpool to sign Chelsea starlet Solanke
Liverpool are set to sign 19-year old Dominic Solanke after the striker turns his back on Chelsea according to various reports.
There have been numerous stories today, however when LiverpoolFC.com publish the same store you have to take notice!
The highly-rated England youth international is set to cost Liverpool between £2m-£3m after rejecting a new Chelsea deal due to lack of opportunities. His current deal expires this summer but, as he is under 24, Liverpool will have to pay Chelsea a compensation fee to be decided by a tribunal.
Solanke has an impressive goalscoring record for Chelsea’s youth teams and had a successful season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in 2015-16 where he scored seven goals in 25 appearances.
The striker’s stand-off with Chelsea over a new contract had alerted an array of clubs to his availability and several Premier League teams competed with Liverpool for his signature. Solanke, who will earn under £20,000-a-week at Anfield, also had offers from Red Bull Leipzig in Germany and Celtic, who saw him as a potential replacement for Moussa Dembélé.
What can Liverpool offer?
Whilst the reason he’s leaving Chelsea is down to not enough ‘opportunities’ nothing has come out to state exactly what Solanke is after, hence forcing the move. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out he will struggle to make Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.
The obvious choice would be for Solanke to join up within the club’s Under-23s team initially. Klopp looks to develop a group of young talent – featuring the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson – to challenge the first team and feature in cup competitions next season.
It’s going to be difficult as when Sadio Mane is fit, Klopp opts to play with just one striker, meaning Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and the returning Danny Ings will be competing for that one position.