Chelsea will demand more than £10million from Liverpool in exchange for striker Dominic Solanke, who has already agreed to move to Anfield this summer, report the London Evening Standard.
As the Standard report, the fact Solanke is a free agent does not necessarily mean that Liverpool will be signing him on a free transfer. The rules for home-grown players under the age of 24 state that Chelsea are entitled to compensation.
The Standard report that Liverpool’s offer of a measly £3million was snubbed by the Premier League champions, who will insist that they are paid more than £10million. The distance between the two parties means that a tribunal is likely to be held next month.
According to the Standard, Chelsea believe will use several factors to justify their £10million asking price. Firstly, they have trained him since under-8 level, and he has played a part in successes in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. Secondly, his success for the England U20, playing a starring role as they were crowned world champions. And finally, they were forced to pay £6.5million for Daniel Sturridge back in 2010.
It is a shame to see a player with Solanke’s potential leave the club, but if we are able to get as much as £10million in exchange, as the Standard believe we may, it will soften the blow of his departure.