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Chelsea have already been sent clear message by Jurgen Klopp over '£65m striker'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at Anfield Liverpool. Picture date: Wednesday April 10, 2024
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Jurgen Klopp's glowing praise over Dominic Solanke suggests he is more than ready for a return to Chelsea amid reported interest from the Blues.

The Bournemouth forward has emerged as a potential transfer target for both the Blues and Arsenal. Solanke, 26, offered the clearest indication that he still has some affection for Chelsea by issuing a two-word message to congratulate Tosin Adarabioyo for moving to Stamford Bridge from Fulham on a free transfer.

His short and snappy post also proceeded news that the Cherries have placed a £65million price tag on Solanke's head, should one of the big clubs decide to take a chance on him again, according to talkSPORT. In December last year, Solanke was also linked with a move to the Gunners in the January transfer window, but Mikel Arteta's side did not push through with any move.

Solanke came through the academy ranks at Chelsea and was a prominent squad player for Jose Mourinho during the Special One's second spell in charge of the club. But he could not cement a place in the starting line-up.

One year after a loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem, Liverpool signed Solanke in what was a surprising move at the time. First-team opportunities at Anfield under Klopp also dried up quickly and within 18 months, Solanke was on his way to Bournemouth.

Over the last five seasons, Solanke has cut his teeth in the Premier League and the Championship with the Cherries. Considering Klopp's glowing review of the 26-year-old this season just gone, Solanke may just be ready for another huge transfer this summer.

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In a press conference before Liverpool's away clash against Bournemouth, Klopp was asked about his thoughts on Solanke's performances in comparison with what he showed at Anfield. The German said: "I’m so happy for Dom, because when we signed him we were all so excited about the talent he is, and [he] had so much potential when he came here.

“I’m so happy for him because he’s a wonderful kid, a real talent and a real player. He went the hard way, trying here, realising maybe it’s a bit too early, then going to Bournemouth then doing it all the way is really cool.”

When asked why he could not show his best form at Liverpool, the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager suggested he is now a different beast, adding: “It’s Liverpool and we had other good strikers as well. He was probably at that time not the most clinical yet but the talent was obvious. And then, how it is sometimes, he made the absolute right decision to go to Bournemouth.

Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke (left) attempts a shot on goal during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London
Solanke has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea -Credit:PA

“[He] went there through all different stages and, last year, already scored enough goals and now he’s obviously up there with the greatest. I’m so happy for him because he’s a wonderful kid, a real talent and a real player.”

Solanke's cutting edge can be seen in his impressive record of scoring 19 goals and contributing three assists in 38 Premier League matches last season. He managed to contribute more league goals than both Mohamed Salah and Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min.

However, his performances were not quite enough to force his way into Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2024. The Three Lions' boss opted to take Aston Villa ace Ollie Watkins and Brentford forward Ivan Toney to Germany.