Liverpool have signed Dominic Solanke from Chelsea pending the expiry of the forward’s contract with the Blues on July 1st, 2017.
According to the club’s official website, Solanke has agreed on personal terms with Liverpool and will join the Reds upon the expiry of his deal with the London club.
As he is younger than 24 years of age, a tribunal will decide on a compensation fee for Chelsea, similar to what Burnley were awarded Danny Ings’ transfer to the club. According to the Liverpool ECHO, Solanke will likely cost £3 million.
Although supporters were hoping for the club to announce the signing of a player like Virgil Van Dijk or Naby Keita, there is cause for optimism with Dom Solanke’s arrival.
In 2014, Solanke became the youngest player to appear for Chelsea in the Champions League when he appeared as a substitute for the Blues against Maribor.
During a loan spell for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in the 2015/16 season, Solanke scored seven goals in 25 games.
He has represented his country at every age level from U16 to U21 and is in South Korea where he has played all three games for England in the U20 World Cup. He has scored once, helping the Three Lions to the knockout stages and has been arguably one of the most impressive players at the tournament.
In addition to being capped at youth level, Solanke has twice won the FA Youth Cup and once the UEFA Youth League. He has also won the U17 European Championship and will certainly be a massive boost to Mike Garrity’s U23 side, not to mention a great option for Jürgen Klopp to call up for domestic cup games.
He will aid the U23 side in thier ambitions of winning the Premier League 2 and along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo will make up a very impressive reserve side.
Liverpool have done well to snap up a 19-year-old who is out of contract with plenty of pace, power and potential to be great. Rousing the Kop will have a scout report on the youngster shortly, so stay tuned.