Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon has responded to links with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, telling Onet that he is hoping to secure a big-money move in 2022.
No club wants to be known as a ‘stepping stone’ – just ask Southampton or Leicester City supporters – but Shakhtar Donestk have built a reputation for themselves as a leading exponent of that ‘buy low, sell high’ transfer policy.
And Solomon, a £5.4 million signing from Israeli outfit Maccabi Petah Tikvah, could be the next to drop off a prodigious production line of exciting young talent.
TEAMtalk reported in October that the 22-year-old winger, who came oh-so close to joining Manchester City in 2018, is on the respective radars of Spurs and Newcastle, not to mention Southampton, Aston Villa, Everton and Brighton.
Could Manor Solomon join Tottenham or Newcastle in 2022?
“Anything can happen, you never know,” Solomon said when quizzed specifically about those links with Tottenham and a Newcastle side expected to be handed a £50 million January warchest by their Saudi Arabian owners.
“There are reports all the time. I’m used to it. Of course, in the last year, (the rumours) have gotten stronger since my appearances in the Champions League.
“I’m not blinded by this at all.”
Solomon, who scored twice as Shakhtar did the double over Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League group-stages, believes a move is more likely to happen in July rather than January.
“Chances are I’ll stay (beyond the winter window),” he adds.
“(But) I do want to go to those places and I really hope it happens in the coming year.”
Speaking in September, Solomon expressed his belief that Shakhtar will sell him at some point over ‘the next year and a half’, suggesting that he has turned down the chance to extend his contract at the Ukrainian giants.
Football London claim that Solomon – who made his name at the same club as Celtic whizzkid Liel Abada – is valued at £21 million.