Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard suggests that Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke is set to leave the West London side this summer after the club refused to meet his wage demands.
After shining with Chelsea’s youth teams, Solanke’s representatives demanded wages of £50,000 a week. Outraged by the proposal, Chelsea have essentially exiled the young striker, blocking a loan exit and only including him as an unused substitute four times and forcing him to play with the u23 side.
It is yet to be seen where the young striker will move this summer, but after failing to sign Solanke on a January loan, West Ham may be back in the race to sign Solanke on a free transfer in the summer for a nominal compensation fee.
Slaven Bilic tried to use his friendly relationship with Antonio Conte to capture a couple of Chelsea youngsters on loan during the winter window, but was unsuccessful.
Ultimately, this year has been a waste for the talented Solanke, who has seen fellow youth product Tammy Abraham rise above him in the Chelsea pecking order on the back of his impressive performances on loan with Bristol City. Once considered a future star for Chelsea and England, it is unsure what is in store for Solanke.