Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke has reportedly told friends that he would be joining Liverpool in the summer, according to The Sun. The young English striker who is a youth product of Chelsea has appeared only once for Chelsea in his entire career and the single appearance happened when he came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute to replace Oscar in the Champions League in 2014/15. It made him the youngest player ever to play for Chelsea in Champions League.
Solanke is running out of contract in the summer and Chelsea have been negotiating with the player about an extension. However, the player seems to have told his pals that he would join Liverpool once his contract is over.
Though he would be a free agent in the summer, Liverpool might have to pay Chelsea some compensation as the player is still only 19 years old. The sum is expected to be £8 million but it could rise to a higher number as Solanke is a very promising young talent.
He joined the Chelsea academy in 2004 and has been a regular for English Youth National teams over the years. He was loaned to Vitesse in 2015 where he scored 7 goals for the Dutch club in 26 appearances.
The Sun claim that Solanke has demanded £50,000-a-week and that Chelsea are not willing to meet the demands.
His decision now can cause a major turnaround in his career. Staying at Chelsea would mean good pay and no guaranteed playing time, as Chelsea are known to loan their young players and never give them an opportunity to play in the first team.
A move to Anfield seems to be the wise option as it is important for a footballer to keep growing on the pitch. Klopp is a manager who encourages youngsters and provides them with plenty of chances.
Solanke is also versatile and can play as a striker, a winger and also as an attacking midfielder, which makes him a wonderful player to have in the squad. He is a hard worker and is known for his ability to keep hold of the ball. He is technically sound and physically well-built for his age and has a great first touch.
He would benefit so much by joining a team like Liverpool but we’ll have to wait to see if the Reds decide to move for the youngster.