Liverpool are being tipped to capitalise on England Under-21 striker Dominic Solanke's apparent desire to leave Chelsea after the Premier League leaders refused to meet the teenager's excessive alleged wage demands.


According to the London Evening Standard, Chelsea have refused to increase Solanke's weekly pay from £7,000 to £50,000, meaning the home-grown starlet and two-time FA Youth Cup winner is expected to walk away when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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Speaking to the media on Friday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted that there is uncertainty over Solanke's future at Stamford Bridge, commenting that he believes the player might wish to leave the club.


"I think, I am not sure, but I think [to leave] is his will," the Italian said.

Solanke is said to have told friends that he will be joining Liverpool. Signing a free agent under the age of 23 comes with a mandatory compensation cost - as was the case when Danny Ings  arrived at Anfield in 2015 - that could set the Reds back as much as £8m.


However, the report from the Standard seems to suggest that Liverpool don't actually want him and have denied any interest in signing the player.


Hampshire-born Solanke, who joined Chelsea in 2004 at the age of seven, was billed as a star of the future when he spearheaded the club's domestic and European dominance at youth level.

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He has failed to translate that potential into first-team opportunities, though, and is yet to feature in a senior game this season. That is despite Conte continually offering chances to other home-grown starlets such as Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina.


The Italian has also spoken glowingly about Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Bristol City.


Solanke, meanwhile, has been relegated to Chelsea's Under-23 squad.


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