Liverpool could make millions from striker's £65m sale - five years after he left

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Liverpool could land a significant cash windfall if Dominic Solanke makes a move away from Bournemouth this summer.

The 26-year-old striker was in fine form for the Cherries last season as he helped Andoni Iraola’s men to secure another season of top-flight football next term thanks to 19 goals in 38 Premier League games, his performances turning him into a talismanic figure for the Dorset club.

His good form has seen him appear on the watchlist of a number of top clubs this summer, with the striker potentially bringing down the curtain on his six-year stay at the Vitality Stadium.

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Liverpool sold Solanke to Bournemouth back in 2019, the fee in the region of £19m, seen as a shrewd deal at the time for a player who had scored just once in 27 appearances for the Reds.

In that deal were two clauses, one a buyback clause that would have allowed Liverpool to sign Solanke at a fixed sum, the other a 20% sell-on fee on any profit made by Bournemouth on the sale of the striker.

The buyback clause was time limited and has since expired, with Solanke having inked a new deal with Bournemouth last year, but the 20% sell-on remains intact, and it could be worth some £9m to Liverpool this summer if a deal were to materialise.

According to the Athletic, Solanke’s Bournemouth contract that was agreed last year contains a £65m release clause, albeit one that can only be activated by a select group of unnamed clubs. With interest in Solanke high, Liverpool could be entitled to 20% of £46m, over and above the profit Bournemouth would make if someone met the clause.

That would provide the Reds with a welcome financial boost and take the total sum made on a player whom they acquired for a tribunal-set fee of £3m from Chelsea back in the summer of 2017, to £28m.

Part of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group’s plans to acquire another football club to form part of a multi-club model is to greater aid player trading, creating value in not just the transfer fee generated from the sale of a player, but the potential future resale value of the player.