Immediately after Sunday’s defeat at home to Chelsea, the press was alive with stories suggesting that Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke was on the verge of leaving Anfield for Selhurst Park on loan for the rest of the season but this morning, it seems the goalposts have shifted somewhat.
Whilst there are still plenty of publications who expect the former Chelsea man to make the switch to Selhurst Park in the next day or two, sources in Germany, principally BILD are claiming that Bundesliga outfit Schalke have in fact beaten the Eagles to the punch.
Sport Bild expect Dominic Solanke to join Schalke on loan till the end of the season. Relationship between Klopp and Schalke DoF Heidel an advantage for S04. https://t.co/I9iV0TWTkb
— Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) January 2, 2019
The story had been gathering pace for a week or two before Palace chairman Steve Parish spoke openly about the deal for Solanke before kick-off against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues but now, German outlets are suggesting that Klopp’s solid relationship with Schalke’s Sporting Director has led the Premier League table-toppers to steer the 21-year-old in their direction instead.
Having gone public with news of the deal a few days ago, it goes without saying that both Parish and Palace would be left with egg on their faces, should the agreement fall through now but with no official word from either club on the matter, it’s difficult to know where things stand at the time of writing.
Roy Hodgson and his players travel to Molineux to face a dangerous Wolves team tonight but look likely to continue with Wilfried Zaha operating as the side’s lone striker following the gaffer’s speedy dismissal of talk that Connor Wickham could be in line for a start in the Midlands.
Had Solanke been officially announced and passed fit, he may well have been thrown in from the start against the Premier League new-boys but with no change to the squad, it looks like we’ll have to make do with what we already have.