Liverpool and Chelsea could well find themselves arguing over the fee for young striker Dominic Solanke this summer following the young striker’s stunning performances at the Under-20 World Cup which saw him walk away with the Golden Ball award.
Solanke will technically become a free agent when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the month and has already agreed a deal to join Liverpool on 1st July.
But as a result of Solanke being under the age of 23, he is not eligible for a free transfer and the Reds must still pay a compensation fee to acknowledge Chelsea’s development of the player.
It had been thought that fee, to be determined by an upcoming tribunal if no prior agreement can be made, would be around the £3m mark.
However, in light of Solanke’s recent displays on the global stage, the London Evening Standard has suggested that Chelsea could instead demand up to £10m now be paid instead.
The 19-year-old scored five goals in the Under-20 tournament as England lifted their first World Cup at any level since 1966, and Chelsea have seemingly added that to their evidence that a greater sum is necessary. It is said the Premier League previously wanted at least £8m.
Yet according to the Liverpool Echo with sources on the opposite side of the negotiating table, Liverpool are ‘confident’ that the Under-20 World Cup will not serve to inflate the price and therefore still believe they will pay just £3m when the final figure is settled.
It is suggested that Liverpool’s argument to be put in front of the ad hoc, independent Professional Football Compensation Committee (PCCC), the panel that will preside over the tribunal, will take into account things such as age, first-team experience and interest from other clubs.
What supports the Reds is that Solanke didn’t play a single first-team game for Chelsea in 2016/17.
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