Chelsea and England forward Daniel Sturridge has become the latest player to be linked with the exit door at Stamford Bridge as recent reports suggest he’ll be allowed to leave for around £20 million in January.
The 23-year-old wants to play regular first-team football and would prefer to play in his favoured centre-forward position, which is currently occupied by Spanish striker Fernando Torres, but we’re still being linked with other forwards and it’s unlikely he’ll play there for Chelsea in the long term.
Sturridge hasn’t featured for us much since Roberto Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas in March and a hamstring injury has restricted him to just two appearances so far this season, which is why he has been heavily linked with a move to either Tottenham (Villas-Boas is a fan) and Liverpool, with the latter in desperate need of depth in the attacking positions.
The former Manchester City player signed for us in 2009 on a four-year deal and I have searched through reports on the player and cannot see anything about a contract extension since then, so his contract should be up at the end of the season and if this is the case, we’d do well to get £15-20 million for him. I guess it all depends on how desperate the likes of Spurs and Liverpool are for a forward and if they’re willing to pay the premium usually associated with home-grown talent.
With Chelsea linked with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy as a backup option, could Sturridge’s time at Stamford Bridge be up?