After his Under-20 World Cup heroics where he was named player of the tournament, the London Evening Standard claim that Chelsea have demanded a substantial £10 million fee for striker Dominic Solanke. That is vastly different from Liverpool’s most recent offer of £3 million and will likely see the two clubs go to a tribunal to make the final decision.
The youngster was signed as his contract expires at Stamford Bridge this summer, but as he is under 23 years of age and was offered a new deal by Chelsea, they are entitled to a compensation fee. However, rules state that as the deal was agreed before the start of the tournament, his performances in Korea should not have any influence on a potential fee.
The size of the fee is also an issue in the club’s pursuit of Roma winger Mohamed Salah as the two clubs negotiate to come to an agreement for the Egyptian. Liverpool could be boosted, though, as Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the ex-Chelsea man will demand a move as he is desperate to prove himself in England.
Salah is understood to be Jurgen Klopp’s top target for a summer signing as the German looks to the Roma number 11 as a goal scoring winger. He will form part of a front three alongside the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with Klopp keen to drop Coutinho into a more influential deeper role.
Both moves could be funded by the sale of unwanted defender Andre Wisdom, as the Liverpool Echo say that a deal has been agreed with Derby for the former England under 21 international. The sale is expected to earn over £2 million for the club immediately, with potential to exceed £4.5 million if all add-ons are activated.
Wisdom has recently returned from a season long loan at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria but was never likely to play a role for the Reds first team again, having made his last appearance in 2013.
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