Solanke trades Blues for Reds

Liverpool are looking to the future as they announced the signing of teenage forward Dominic Solanke from newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea.

The England Under-21 international departs Stamford Bridge having not made a single appearance for the Blues in the top flight, although he holds the record for being the youngest player to debut for the club in the Champions League.

Solanke enjoyed a productive season-long loan spell at feeder club Vitesse in 2015/16, scoring seven goals in 25 Eredivisie outings.

The Reds confirmed that the 19-year-old will make the move once his contract with the west London giants has expired at the end of June, but being a developmental player, a fee will be decided upon by a tribunal.

A statement from the Merseysiders read: "The 19-year-old striker will complete the transfer to the Reds on July 1, 2017, upon the expiry of his contract with his current club, Chelsea.

"He has represented his country at every age level from U16 to U21 and is currently in South Korea for the FIFA U20 World Cup, where the forward has so far featured in all three games and scored once to help England into the knockout stages.

"Solanke, twice an FA Youth Cup champion and winner of the UEFA Youth League and U17 European Championship, will officially join Jurgen Klopp's squad on July 1."

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