Liverpool announced a deal with Bournemouth for the sale of striker Dominic Solanke on Friday afternoon in a £19m deal which has the potential to reach approximately £25m in add-ons.
In a deal that came essentially out of nowhere, Solanke penned a long-term deal with Eddie Howe’s side, despite previous reports that a temporary moan to Crystal Palace was edging closer.
Solanke, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea back in 2017, had failed to make a single appearance this season and it marks an incredible piece of business from Michael Edwards to get such a high fee for his services.
The Englishman only managed one goal in 27 appearances last season, with a solitary goal coming against Brighton on the final day of the season; now behind Salah, Firmino, Sturridge and Origi in the pecking order, it’s understandable why the 21-year-old was keen to move to the Cherries.
Although it’s perplexing as to why Bournemouth were willing to spend so much on someone with so little game time, Solanke’s performances for England’s youth sides were reportedly an integral reason for Bournemouth’s interest – he won the Golden Ball for best player on route to winning the U20 World Cup back in 2017 – a clear sign of his potential.
Despite Howe stating he is “really excited” to work with Solanke, the striker is currently nursing a hamstring injury and is likely to feature in February at the earliest.
I’m sure all Liverpool fans will wish the best for Solanke but having managed to squeeze close to £4om from Bournemouth for Solanke, Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith in recent years, all credit should go to the genius of Michael Edwards!