Liverpool to complete £3 million deal for Chelsea's Dominic Solanke
Liverpool will complete the signing of Chelsea's out of contract Dominic Solanke in what is expected to be a £3 million deal.
Jurgen Klopp's first move of the transfer window is to develop his Under-23 squad by capturing the England youth international.
Solanke's contract has run down at Stamford Bridge and he sees his chances of developing as a Premier League striker enhanced by the move to Anfield.
Because Solanke is a development player the fee must be determined by tribunal, but Liverpool believe it will be in the region of £3 million. He will earn around £20,000 a week on Merseyside.
Liverpool believe they have beaten Celtic and Red Bull Leipzig to secure Solanke's signature.
He is a signing for the future at Liverpool, with Klopp planning to build an impressive Under-23 side including Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, all of whom will be pushing for more senior action next season.
Solanke's arrival signals the start of what is expected to be a busy summer for Klopp.
The club are expected to embark on a record-breaking transfer spree in excess of 100 million as they look to build on their top-four finish.
Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk a target and rated at least £50 million, Roma’sMohamed Salah was wanted three years ago and is much-improved since then following an excellent Serie A campaign, while Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita are much admired.
Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic signed a new contract during the season, but Klopp made a bid for the 18-year-old a year ago and his regard will have been enhanced by the youngster’s progress.
While Solanke is a signing for the long term, Klopp is also keen to add to his firepower in the more immediate future and retains an interest in numerous world-class strikers. Liverpool wanted to sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe last summer but were warned off and the French club recently rejected a a £103 million bid from Real Madrid.