The striker, though, is not Diego Costa, but rather, Dominic Solanke, the 19-year old, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Solanke has not agreed new terms, as he is seeking a £50,000/week deal, with the club, who pay him £7,000/week now, not ready to pay those wages. Speaking today, Antonio Conte condeded that Solanke would likely leave, saying “I think he will leave”, with Liverpool also interested in signing the player, who would only cost a fee set by tribunal.
Solanke played for Vitesse last season, scoring 7 times in 26 games, and can play as an attacking midfielder. He’s been capped at all youth levels for England, and would bring much needed youth to Arsenal’s attack, with only Danny Welbeck the only first team striker below the age of 27 and Chuba Akpom looking increasingly unlikely to make a breakthrough to the first team.