Liverpool are set to seal the surprise signing of one of Chelsea’s many teenage starlets who is yet to make in the Premier League.
The Sun report that England under-21 international Dominic Solanke has already told friends he is quitting Stamford Bridge and moving to Anfield when his contract expires in the summer.
The 19-year-old has also attracted interest from Celtic, but he now looks set to turn down Brendan Rodgers in favour of the Northern Irishman’s old club.
It appears the youngster has been in rather an odd stand-off with Chelsea, his representatives asking for a £50,000 a week deal despite him only playing once for the senior side – and that was as a substitute in the 2014/2015 season.
Liverpool aren’t likely to meet his wage demands either, and realistically no club are going to pay that kind of money to such an inexperienced player.
That does suggest, though, that he could be set for a bigger role in the first team, as that may be why he’s happy to make the switch.
Although he’ll be out of contract and technically free to join Liverpool, the Reds will still have to pay £8million compensation once the case has gone to a tribunal.