Chelsea may have completely ignored Dominic Solanke in the reporting of the U20 World Cup final on their official website, but the former Chelsea youngster’s exploits at the competition have not gone unnoticed by the money-men.
Solanke finished tied for second in goalscoring as England won the tournament for the first time ever, but did collect the Golden Ball for the Player of the Tournament, joining the likes of Messi, Aguero, Saviola, Maradona, Pogba, and a whole host of lesser stars including the last edition’s winner, Adama Traore.
Given that success, Chelsea will demand a slightly higher transfer fee from Liverpool, who signed Solanke earlier this summer. That’s according to the Evening Standard, who put Chelsea’s previous demand at £8m, with that now increasing to “over £10m”. Liverpool meanwhile were hoping to pay just £3m.
If the two clubs can’t agree on a price soon, which given how far apart their valuations are is not really looking likely, the matter will go to a tribunal who will set a commensurate with market conditions and the player’s ability, record, an prospects.