One report in London this week claimed Solanke “has been telling friends he is going to sign for Liverpool.”
However, Liverpool are said to have played down any such reports linking them with a move – and none of the usual Merseyside based reporters have mentioned a move for Solanke, who scored seven goals while on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season.
Dominic Solanke on his way to Liverpool from Chelsea in the summer. Told Chelsea youth staff are split on his potential.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) February 17, 2017
“Sometimes you can have 20 meters [between the academy and first-team sites] but if the first team staff are not interested in the academy then that can feel like 20 miles.”
Speaking about the situation this week, Antonio Conte said:
“I think this is his will. This question is better to ask him. I think for a young player to stay in a great team is a great opportunity.
“We have to respect every decision. Obviously I have spoken with him to try and understand his will.
“I repeat we must respect every decision. His contract expires in June. I wish for him and his family in the future. I am not sure.”