Liverpool owners FSG could receive millions of pounds from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund if Bournemouth agree to sell star striker Dominic Solanke to Newcastle. The Reds allowed Solanke to join the Cherries for an initial £19million in 2019 and are said to have included a 20 per cent sell-on clause when they negotiated the deal.
Solanke has been in fine form this season and has bagged 12 goals in his 19 Premier League appearances. The 26-year-old is the highest scorer of any Englishman in the top-flight this term and only trails Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah in the overall standings.
According to The Telegraph, Newcastle have made enquiries about Solanke, with Magpies boss Eddie Howe keen to link-up with the one-cap England international for the second time after signing him during his spell in charge of Bournemouth.
The Cherries are currently resisting the approach and have told their Premier League rivals he is not for sale during the January transfer window. But if Newcastle can convince Bournemouth to cash in on their prized asset, the Liverpool coffers may be bolstered.
According to the Liverpool Echo, former Reds transfer chief Michael Edwards was key to negotiating the 20 per cent sell-on clause when Solanke was sold. And he also included a buy-back clause to give the Merseyside giants the option of taking the ace back to Anfield.
Solanke only spent 18 months at Liverpool after joining the club from Chelsea in 2017. During his time in the north west he was only able to find the back of the net once in 27 appearances and was stuck behind Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order. He initially struggled after moving to Bournemouth but went on to score 29 league goals during the 2021/22 campaign as Bournemouth were promoted from the Championship.
Solanke, who has also been linked with Arsenal, could command a hefty fee after proving he has what it takes to score goals in the top-flight. And if Newcastle’s Saudi owners are willing to stump up the cash, Liverpool could profit handsomely.
Howe worked alongside Solanke for a year and a half when he was manager of Bournemouth. And the former defender made no secret of his admiration for the forward after persuading him to move to the south coast.
“Dominic is technically gifted, very athletic and has the physical profile that will give us something different in our front line,” Howe said in 2019. “He has done very well for England at various age groups, has a huge amount of potential and I’m really excited about working with him.”