Liverpool have today agreed their first deal of the summer after coming to terms with Chelsea 19-year-old Dominic Solanke. The striker will officially join the club on July 1st following the expiry of his current deal with Chelsea, whose youth system he joined in 2004 as a seven-year-old.
The club are hopeful that his signing will result in an agreed or arbitrated compensation fee of no more than £3M, and the player is believed to have agreed a deal worth around £20k per week. Solanke is currently in South Korea as part of England’s U20 World Cup squad.
The highly rated youngster was also offered deals by RB Leipzig and Celtic after making it known that he would not be re-upping at Chelsea, preferring instead to depart Stamford Bridge for a club where he would be more likely to be given a chance to break through to the first team.
In addition to representing England at every youth level, Solanke spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored seven goals in 25 appearances as an 18-year-old for the Eredivisie side. At Liverpool, he is expected to compete for cup minutes and play with the U23s.