Arsenal are said to be monitoring the situation at Chelsea regarding striker Dominic Solanke who is apparently demanding wages that even the Blues are baulking at.

Hardly sounds like something Arsenal would get involved with, a player wanting more money than even Chelsea are willing to pay, but that’s what the The Times are telling us today.

Just 18, Solanke has made 25 league appearances for Chelsea’s feeder club, Vitesse Arnheim, this season but has been warned by his parent club that he won’t get another loan deal if he doesn’t reduce his wage demands and sign a new contract.

BERGISCH GLADBACH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 04: Dominic Solanke of England controls the ball during the U19 international friendly match between Germany and England on September 4, 2015 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERGISCH GLADBACH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 04: Dominic Solanke of England controls the ball during the U19 international friendly match between Germany and England on September 4, 2015 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)

He earns £7,000pw on his current deal which runs until 2017 but he is said to be demanding £50,000pw which is just madness of the highest order.

In fact, the first thing it made me think of was Nicklas Bendtner, but even he didn’t demand so much when he was that age.

So what has he done in his very brief career to make him believe that he’s worth £2.6m a year in wages? Not much, it has to be said. He has just seven goals and one assist in the Eredivisie this season.

The right-footed English centre forward can also play on the right or as a secondary striker but there is simply no way that Arsenal would go near the player if that’s the sort of money he thinks he’s worth. Some of their senior first-teamers don’t even earn that (or earn in the same region).

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