Dominic Solanke has agreed to join Premier League rivals Liverpool after his Chelsea contract ended but Chelsea are entitled a fee due to rules regarding home-grown players aged under 24.
According to Evening Standard, Chelsea will demand over £10million in compensation from Liverpool for Dominic after the 19-year-old striker helped England win the just concluded U20 World Cup.
Both clubs are far apart in their valuation with Liverpool reportedly offering Chelsea £3 million and unless Liverpool agree a fee with Chelsea, it will go to a tribunal next month.
Evening Standard claim Chelsea were originally expected to ask for around £8 million but Solanke’s key role in helping England win the U20 World Cup means Chelsea will now demand for over £10 million.
Solanke was the second highest goal scorer in the tournament with four goals and he was also given the Golden Ball award for being the best player at the tournament.
A player’s potential future is one of the factors taken into account when the tribunal meets to decide the price and Chelsea will argue Solanke has a huge potential after his exploits at the tournament because players like Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Luis Figo who won the Golden Ball at the U20 World Cup all went on to have a superb career.
Solanke joined Chelsea’s academy at Under-8 level and he won the FA Youth Cups in 2014 and 2015, plus the Uefa Youth League in 2015. Solanke also earned over 50 caps at all the England age groups from the Under-16s onwards and was given a professional debut by Chelsea in the Champions League at just 17. Chelsea will use all these to build a solid case in the tribunal.