Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke has reportedly lowered his significant wage demands and is close to agreeing a new deal with the club.
According to The Times, the 19-year-old had asked for £50,000-a-week when talks began at the end of last season, demands that the club were seemingly not willing to meet.
However, the report goes on to add that negotiations resumed this month with his agents indicating that he would be ready to accept a lesser deal, but one that will still represent a huge step up from his current contract which pays him £7,000-a-week.
The youngster hasn’t yet featured for Chelsea this season and failed to secure a loan move away from Stamford Bridge prior to the summer transfer deadline, which in turn suggests that he could be set for a frustrating few months without first-team football under Antonio Conte.
Nevertheless, the fact that Chelsea are willing to offer him a new and improved deal suggests that the club value his talent and will hope to see him develop and establish himself in the first team further down the line.
He has certainly impressed at youth level though, scoring 40 goals and providing seven assists in 69 appearances for the club at various levels and competitions which shows that the talent is undoubtedly there.
Having now also relaxed his wage demands, there seems to be less standing in the way of the two parties extending their partnership further, with Conte showing with the likes of Nathaniel Cholabah and Ola Aina that the door is certainly open for youngsters to feature if they impress him.