Arsenal could sign a highly rated Chelsea player in the summer after his contract dispute continued.
The Gunners are said to be very interested in English forward Dominic Solanke. Although he has never featued for Chelsea’s senior side, he has enjoyed successful loan spells at Dutch side Vitesse.
Football London say that Arsenal are attempting to hijack Solanke’s pending move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Antonio Conte has suggested he would like to keep the young forward at the club, but his reported £50,000 wage demands are proving a cause for concern. It’s hard to see Arsenal willing to pay that either, but perhaps the negotiations have caused an unsolvable feud between the player and club.
The good thing about Solanke is he is English, therefore qualifying as a homegrown player.
Aged just 19 he is an extremely physical striker. Solanke stands at over 6ft tall and is of a very muscular build for his age. He certainly looks physically capable of playing as a lone striker in the Premier League.
Liverpool are also said to be interested in Solanke, but it remains to be seen whether or not either club are willing to meet his excessive £50,000 per week demands.
Would you take the punt on Solanke? He certainly has a lot of potential and whoever gives him the money he wants may well reap the rewards in the future. I’d like to see Arsenal approach Solanke with an offer than includes a lower basic wage but a lot of bonuses, potentially taking his wage up to or even beyond the £50,000. For example a £30,000 per week wage, with a £5,000 appearance bonus and £10,000 goal bonus. These clauses would help prevent the risk involved in any deal for the Gunners.
Transfer deals will be on hold for the time being though, with Arsene Wenger’s future in severe doubt. Any new manager is likely to want to have his own budget and have a chance to make his own signings.