Dominic Solanke Joins Bournemouth from Liverpool in Permanent Transfer

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI - JULY 28: Dominic Solanke of Liverpool during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Manchester Untied and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Dominic Solanke has completed a move from Liverpool to Bournemouth, joining the Cherries on a permanent basis.

The Reds announced the news via Twitter:

Liverpool FC @LFC

.@DomSolanke has sealed a permanent transfer to @afcbournemouth. Everybody at #LFC thanks Dom for his contribution to the Reds and wishes him the best of luck for the future. 🙌 https://t.co/kCo6wqpzWX

Solanke explained why he joined Bournemouth to afcbTV, per the club's official website:

"I think the club is going somewhere. Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.

"I spoke with the manager this morning [Friday]. He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is. I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about."

Solanke was expected to leave Anfield in January due to a lack of playing time, but a loan move seemed more likely.

According to the Echo's James Pearce, Bournemouth will pay £19 million for the 21-year-old:

James Pearce @JamesPearceEcho

Full story as Liverpool agree the £19million sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth. A remarkable piece of business. #LFC https://t.co/s8IezAFjAI

The Mirror's David Maddock reported there may be an option in the deal, so Solankecould still return to Anfield:

David Maddock @MaddockMirror

Liverpool have confirmed Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth after they accepted a fee of £19m, which will rise to up to £25m if bonus related targets are met. #LFC are thought to have included a future option on the striker in the deal

Sportswriter Kristan Heneage noted the switch to Bournemouth came about quickly:

Kristan Heneage @KHeneage

Wow, that was incredibly quick. https://t.co/yw7L1yAOKB

A product of the Chelsea academy, Solanke moved to Anfield in 2017 after his Blues contract expired. He rarely played for the first team, with manager Jurgen Klopp relying heavily on the trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack and Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi providing backup.

Solanke has been a productive member of several England youth teams and won last year's Under-20 World Cup. The striker still ranks as an intriguing talent, and per sportswriter Daniel Storey, he was always likely to net the Reds a hefty profit even if he didn't become a contributor:

Daniel Storey @danielstorey85

The cynic in me suspects that Liverpool signed Dominic Solanke for £4m with no real hope of him making it but because they knew his price tag could only ever go up. And you know what - they were absolutely right.

Bournemouth have invested in several players in similar situations, like former Chelsea starlet Nathan Ake and former Liverpool man Jordon Ibe. The club needed a long-term solution at the striker position to replace 36-year-old Jermain Defoe, who is expected to join Rangers, per the Guardian's Stuart James