Liverpool must have been dreading Dominic Solanke’s England call-up.
Having already had to pay a record tribunal fee for one player Liverpool could be reaching deep into their pockets again and it’s all thanks to Gareth Southgate.
In 2016 the Professional Football Compensation Committee ordered Liverpool to pay £8million to Burnley for Danny Ings.
Liverpool had signed him on a free, but following an England call-up the compensation figure rose.
Gareth Southgate’s decision to hand Dominic Solanke a place in the England squad for Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil could spell similar trouble for Liverpool.
Now that the 20-year-old will be a full England player, Chelsea are calling for an even bigger payout for the striker.
The rules state that a club which develops a home-grown player is entitled to compensation for the transfer of a player under the age of 24.
Chelsea turned down Liverpool’s initial £3mil offer instead demanding a transfer fee north of £10m.
Solanke’s recent form for the England Under-20s, dominating the World Cup as top scorer and being named player of the tournament, already strengthened Chelsea’s hand.
Solanke, who has made 10 appearances for Liverpool’s first team, signed for Chelsea at the age of eight but never played for the senior side.
No date has been set for the tribunal but Liverpool will be hoping they don’t have to pay another hefty fee.
Roman Abramovich. Always looking after the pennies.