Solanke Agrees Chelsea Renewal After Lowering Demands

DOMINIC SOLANKE is on the verge of signing a new contract at Chelsea after lowering his wage demands. The 19-year-old had first asked for £50,000 a week when discussions first started last season as revealed by papilonews.com.

But The Times says the striker indicated in talks this month he would now be prepared to accept half that amount.

He is currently earning £7,000 a week at the West London club.

Solanke who was promoted to train with the first team squad during the 2014-15 has only made one appearance for the Blues.

That was as a second-half substitute for Oscar in a 6-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League on October 2014.

He spent last season out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, scoring seven goals in 25 games in the Eredivisie.

The forward is highly rated at Stamford Bridge and was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year two seasons ago.

Solanke was expected to follow fellow youth prospect Tammy Abraham out on loan this season, but his contract stalemate led to Chelsea blocking another temporary move from the club.

He was named on the bench against Leicester last weekend, which looks like a sign that a new deal is close to being confirmed.