Report: Rodgers wanted Dominic Solanke in Dembele-like deal, but Celtic will miss out financially

Dominic Solanke

Liverpool are reportedly set to beat Celtic to the signing of Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke.

Dominic SolankeDominic Solanke

According to The Sun, Celtic have been looking to try and land Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke – but he looks set to join Liverpool instead.

The Bhoys swooped to land Moussa Dembele from Fulham last summer, exploiting a contractual loophole to sign him for just £500,000 in compensation (Get West London) after the expiration of his contract.

If any English club had moved to sign Dembele at the end of his contract, they would have had to pay millions in compensation, but cross-border rules mean that Celtic got themselves a bargain, with 26 goals scored in 40 games this season.

Fans have been left wondering whether Celtic would attempt to land other young talent from England in cut-price deals, and it seems that manager Brendan Rodgers has indeed been keen on another Dembele-like deal.

The Sun report that Celtic boss Rodgers was keen to land Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke at the end of the season, with his Blues contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Solanke, 19, has been on the books at Chelsea since 2004, and he has been coming up through the ranks in recent years, becoming the youngest player to feature for the Blues in the Champions League in October 2014.

Manchester City Tosin Adarabioyo in action with Chelsea's Dominic SolankeManchester City Tosin Adarabioyo in action with Chelsea's Dominic Solanke

Whilst he's been scoring for the club's youth and reserve teams, that Champions League game remains his only appearance for the club, and having been farmed out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem last season, it appears that he's ready to move on when his contract expires this summer.

Celtic have allegedly explored a deal for Solanke, with the Bhoys hoping to snap him up in a cut-price deal, but they are reportedly set to miss out on financial grounds.

The report adds that Solanke is instead set to join Liverpool, as their financial package has blown Celtic out of the water, with the Reds seemingly willing to pay a huge compensation fee to land one of England's top young strikers.

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