Liverpool has successfully held off opposition from Scottish champions Celtic FC and German Bundesliga surprise package RB Leipzig in securing the services of Nigeria born, Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke.
The striker is out of contract and doesn’t want to continue at Chelsea given the lack of game time he will be given at Stamford Bridge.
With Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi ahead of Solanke in the pecking order, not to mention wide forwards in Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, Solanke has very little guarantee of playing for Chelsea’s first team anytime soon.
Liverpool are expected to pay around £3 million for Solanke. The fee will be decided by a Premier League tribunal because he is under 24 years of age – similar to when Danny Ings joined from Burnley.
Solanke will earn wages of less than £20,000 in keeping with Liverpool’s policy for young players.
Solanke, who is currently part of Paul Simpson’s squad for the U20 World Cup in South Korea, made his senior debut for Chelsea at the age of 17 in 2014.