Dominic Solanke’s stay on Merseyside may be coming to an end only 18 months after switching Chelsea for Liverpool, as Sky Sports claim that Premier League side Bournemouth are at an advanced stage in talks over a permanent deal, with Paul Joyce of The Times reporting that the fee would be worth £19 million plus add-ons.
It makes sense for the Reds, who have clearly been unimpressed by the England youngster’s progress. Having failed to even make the bench for Liverpool since a Carabao Cup tie with Chelsea in September, his only first team involvement, he has played just twice for the under 23s.
With Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri all ahead of him in vying to displace the team’s first choice front three, his prospects at the club are limited at best.
Whatever happens, the club will be desperate to recoup the fee that they paid for him and £19 million would go above and beyond that. The Liverpool Echo say that the final fee would have fallen between Liverpool’s valuation of £3 million and Chelsea’s of £10 million when the two clubs came to an undisclosed agreement.
Sporting Director Michael Edwards is accustomed to making profits on young players, even in the case of those who disappoint, and this would be just another example.
A move to Bournemouth may be best for all parties in the case of Solanke, allowing Liverpool to recoup their money, and potentially benefit from any future sale, whilst giving him the much needed game time that will help him to try to achieve his potential.