Chelsea are reportedly at risk of losing promising youngster Dominic Solanke as talks over a new contract between the two parties have stalled again.
The 19-year-old has been included in Antonio Conte’s senior squad at times this season, albeit without making an appearance, after impressing for the club’s youth team.
Solanke has 40 goals in 69 games in his professional career so far, a combination of his outings for the youth team along with his loan spell at Vitesse last season.
However, as noted by The Sun, despite reopening discussions over a new deal earlier this year, little progress has been made and there is still no agreement on the table.
Given that he’s in the final year of his contract with the Blues, they will have to now act quickly in order to ensure that he commits his future to them.
According to the report, fears at Stamford Bridge are growing that he’ll ultimately run his current deal down and leave next summer, with several Premier League clubs monitoring his situation with a view of making a move in January.
While they’ll be allowed to speak to him in the New Year over a pre-contract, Chelsea really don’t have that much time to sort out his future if they wish for him to remain in west London.
Having shown enough promise to suggest that he has a bright future ahead of him, many Chelsea fans would probably argue that they would like to see a new contract agreed sooner rather than later.
Nevertheless, with the likes of Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order, it doesn’t appear as though there will be immediate opportunities for him.