Liverpool have officially announced the signing of Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, reports Club.
Solanke, who joined Chelsea as a teenager ran down his contract but wasn’t offered another at Chelsea. He agreed to join Liverpool since May and has been training with Reds at their Melwood training ground but the announcement confirmed he is officially a Liverpool player.
Chelsea are due for a compensation fee for the player having brought him up from their academy. This will be determined by a tribunal.
Solanke made a name for himself when he scored 20 goals in 25 games for Chelsea in the U-18s. He caught the fancy of Jose Mourinho, who lavished plaudits upon the youngster, stating that he would take the blame if Solanke does not become a top-notch professional.
He made his debut for Chelsea in the Oct of 2014 when he came on as a substitute for Oscar in the 73rd minutes in theie Champions League game against NK Maribor. The 19-year-old is the youngest Chelsea debutant in the Champions League hitherto.
However, he failed to break into the first team of Chelsea despite Mourinho’s belief in the player. He spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, where he feature 25 times, scoring seven goals.
He told Liverpool’s official website: “It feels amazing and everyone has made me feel welcome already.
“Even just pulling on the training top, I was over the moon. Hopefully I can put on the shirt in the near future and make some good history here.”
Following his recent exploits at the U20 World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as the best player in the competition, Chelsea have lost a World Class prospect.