The young English striker’s deal at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of this season and it’s very unlikely he’ll pen an extension to that.
And Celtic have emerged as an option for him – with reports saying the club are battling it out with Liverpool to get his signature.
But would Solanke be a good fit for Celtic? We believe so – and here are some reasons to support his signing:
Celtic would be able to sign Solanke on a contract given his deal with Chelsea is due to expire and cross-border rules mean they’d have to spend a lot less than any English club. If Liverpool got him, they could pay millions in a development fee. But if Celtic get him, it could cost as little as £400,000.
He Could Be Another Moussa Dembele
Brendan Rodgers and the club took advantage of cross-border rules when they signed Dembele on a free transfer last summer and look how that turned out? Thirty two goals later, it’s proven to be a brilliant bit of business from Celtic and they’ll likely sell him on for a huge profit.
He Could Be Dembele’s Replacement
Dembele was regularly linked with a big money move to Chelsea throughout this season and that should continue in the summer and beyond. There’s no doubt Celtic will look to sell him on, so maybe Solanke could be his immediate replacement? Rodgers prefers a strong and powerful frontman and the Chelsea youngster brings that style. He also gets goals, as proven with the club’s youth team and on a season-long loan with Vitesse last season.
He’s an England Youth International
There’s no doubting Solanke’s potential. As well as being rated at Chelsea, he’s an England youth international who’s been capped at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 level. Next step is a full cap and a move to Celtic could help accelerate that.
Did We Mention He Can Score Goals?
Jose Mourinho Rates Him
The former Chelsea manager gave Solanke his one and only first team game back in 2014 and made some bold predictions for him and some team-mates afterwards:
“My conscience tells me that if, for example, Baker, Brown, and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself.”
He’s not an England international now, but he’s only 19 and the words of one of the best coaches in the world should excite Celtic fans.
Liverpool Want Him
Even though the Anfield club’s signing policy has been inconsistent over recent years, that should show fans that he’s a serious player. If Celtic could persuade him they are a better option than Liverpool then that would lay down a huge marker for Rodgers and the club moving forward.