Although the last eight months of his burgeoning career have been nothing short of a write-off, it cannot be forgotten that Chelsea’s teenage prodigy Dominic Solanke was rated as one of English football’s hottest talents just two years ago.
Jose Mourinho famously quipped that he would only have himself to blame if the prolific striker was not presented with an England cap or two within a matter of seasons. However, fast forward to the present day and the Portuguese is no longer present at Stamford Bridge. And, according to the Daily Mail, Solanke appears set to storm out of the same one-way exit.
The publication claims that the 19-year-old is demanding £50,000 a week to stay at Chelsea. Given that he has made one senior appearance for the club, the Blues are understandably unwilling to match his demands.
Consequently, almost every club worth its salt have made an enquiry, the Daily Mail add, including Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers. Whether a surprising switch to a vastly inferior league would appeal to a player also reportedly courting interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Everton remains to be seen but it is clear why the Glasgow giants have thrown their name into the ring.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted publicly that the club are operating a ‘buy low, sell high’ policy, targeting young players a la Moussa Dembele and more recently Kouassi Eboue, with a major profit in their sights.
Rangers, meanwhile, have made it their priority to target out-of-contract, English-based players, a la summer signings Jordan Rossiter, Joe Dodoo and January target Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.
Furthermore, clubs in Scotland do not have to pay monstrous tribunal fees for players under the age of 24, as reported by Herald Scotland, meaning Rangers may not be affected by Solanke’s reported £8 million price tag.
Rangers, then, could grab their very own Moussa Dembele.
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