Chelsea are employing hardball tactics in their contract renewal standoff with star prospect Dominic Solanke (full names Dominic Ayodele “Dom” Solanke-Mitchell), papilonews.com can reveal.
The 19-year-old, whose current deal expires next summer, stunned the Blues by demanding £50,000-a-week at the end of last season.
Stamford Bridge chiefs refused to play ball and he has made just one cameo appearance for the club’s development team this term.
According to the Telegraph, West Ham are interested in landing Solanke on loan in January.
But Chelsea have a policy of only loaning out prospects tied down to long-term contracts.
Chelsea and Solanke have held talks in a bid to end the standoff and it was reported last month that he has lowered his demands.
If Solanke wants to join the Hammers then, the Telegraph claim, he would likely have to put pen to paper on an extension.
The academy graduate has made just one appearance for the Blues, as a substitute in a 6-0 Champions League win over Maribor in October 2014.
He spent last season out on loan at feeder club Vitesse Arnhem, scoring seven goals in 25 games in the Eredivisie. if he doesn’t renew his contract and it runs down in the summer, he can leave Chelsea for ‘free’ though if he joins a club in England the new club would have to pay Chelsea a compensation fee. This compensation fee, the amount of which will be determined by an Independent FA panel, will be nowhere near what Chelsea would have demanded for a transfer fee for the prodigiously talented youngster.