The Evening Standard are reporting there is a £7million gap between Chelsea and Liverpool in their valuations of Dominic Solanke.
The winner of the Under 20 World Cup Golden Ball has agreed to join the Reds when his contract expires in July, but as the player is under the age of 24, Chelsea are owed compensation.
Liverpool are said to have offered the Blues £3million for Solanke while Chelsea want £10m. If a deal can’t be agreed between the two clubs, the fee will be decided by a tribunal.
The tribunal will consider a number of factors when deciding on the compensation amount. The length of time a club has coached the player, how many first team games he has played, and the amount of international caps at youth and senior level the player has been given.
After Solanke’s Under 20 World Cup success with England, Chelsea increased their initial demand from £8m to £10m but it seems unlikely Liverpool will agree to any such compensation payment. Tribunals can take a while to convene and make a decision so don’t expect any news in the near future regarding the size of the fee.