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Zlatan Ibrahimovic can help Liverpool earn millions this summer as transfer plan emerges

AC Milan advisor Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been honest about his team's need for a forward this summer with an ex-Liverpool man purportedly on his radar
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Liverpool could be set for an unexpected pay-day if AC Milan decide to swoop for Bournemouth forward Dominic Solanke - with the Reds due a major cut of any profits the Cherries make on the star.

The one-time England international failed to make the grade at Anfield as he lasted just one full season on Merseyside after signing from Chelsea, contributing a single goal in 27 outings. However, the attacker has rebuilt his reputation on England's south coast, developing into one of the country's leading players in his position in the interim six seasons.

His latest campaign proved to be his most impressive to date as he tallied up 21 strikes in 42 appearances, purportedly catching the eye of a host of potential suitors in the process. Among the clubs rumored to be weighing up a move for the 26-year-old is six-time European champions Milan, according to SportItalia.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who formerly starred for the Rossoneri and is a senior advisor for club owners RedBird, has made no secret that the club are looking to sign a striker this summer. While the Swedish legend did namecheck Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee as a possible solution for Milan in the transfer market, he hinted that they are scouring the market for the right fit.

"After [Olivier] Giroud's farewell, there is [Luka] Jovic, but one place is missing. We are looking for the striker," Ibrahimovic has said, while speaking of the team's need for reinforcements up front, while also asserting later on: " Thanks to RedBird's work we can bring strong players to improve. Last year we laid the foundation. The attacker is not a secret: we want to get him."

If the San Siro giants are to sign Solanke this summer, the transfer would earn Liverpool some 20 percent of all profits made by Bournemouth in any hypothetical deal. Having signed the forward for $24m (£19m/€22m), it has been claimed that the ex-Reds ace has had a $82m (£65m/€77m) price tag put on his head.

Dominic Solanke's development at Bournemouth has alerted Italian giants AC Milan who are said to be weighing up a move
Dominic Solanke's development at Bournemouth has alerted Italian giants AC Milan who are said to be weighing up a move -Credit:Getty

If the Cherries are to make a $58m (£46m/€54m) windfall on Solanke this summer, then Liverpool would be entitled to a pay-out of $11.4m (£9m/€11m) from that fee. Either way, it appears that Bournemouth head coach Andoni Iraola is eager to keep the forward at the Vitality Stadium next season.

Addressing whether Solanke had already played his last games for the Cherries, the Spaniard said: "I hope they aren’t. I hope he stays with us and plays a lot more games with us. But I don’t know what’s going to happen, not with Dom, nor with the other players.

"I hope they continue with us, especially the ones that have been more involved, have been more important, or they feel more important. But as a manager, I don’t know what’s going to happen, he continued, while adding: "Dom is playing very well. He is very happy here.

"He renewed his contract this season. The only reason you are asking me is because he is scoring a lot of goals and playing very well. Probably there is a chance big teams are seeing the same things we are seeing and they can come. But his situation is really good right now and I feel that he is really happy here."