Daniel Sturridge wants Liverpool move – £80K wage demand false

Daniel Sturridge wants to cut his losses with Chelsea this January, and has set his sights on a move to Anfield.

Sturridge has conceded that Chelsea won’t put their faith in the striker to take over from Fernando Torres in a permanent role, and is actively seeking a move away from the club.

A number of clubs are understood to be interested in the striker but Liverpool and Chelsea have begun talks over a £15m deal.

The 23-year-old, who joined from Manchester City for £6.5m in 2009, has become increasingly frustrated over his lack of starts up front and hopes a deal with the Reds will be agreed.

There have been reports that Sturridge has demanded £80,000-a-week to join the Reds, as well as guarantees over a starting role, however the striker’s representatives have denied this.

“Daniel Sturridge does not conduct his business in public,” they said.

“He also does not make demands in any negotiation, with regards to salary or his playing position.

“Any contract between a club and a player has to be based on mutual agreement.”

Although Liverpool failed with a loan offer in the summer, manager Brendan Rodgers has been told funds will be available to sign Sturridge permanently in the new year.

The former City trainee has scored 24 goals in 95 appearances for the Blues — five more than rival Fernando Torres from 90 games — but has been mostly played out wide on the right flank.

His form has been good enough to earn four England caps and he also played up front for the Great Britain Olympic team in the summer.

Chelsea are growing impatient over Torres but are expected to try to sign another big-name forward such as Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao or Napoli’s Edinson Cavani rather than give Sturridge a run in the side.

The club are prepared to let him go in January as his contract runs out in 2014 and with him not expected to agree a new one, it is the last window where they can command a large fee.

That will help them raise funds to buy a replacement, especially as it appears Romelu Lukaku will not be recalled from his season’s loan at West Brom.

There is a little too much movement with Sturridge’s transfer, and I would like to see Chelsea having talks with his and Torres’ replacements. We need more strikers, not less. The only forward who we seem close to signing is Taison Freda, and there is no guarantee he is ready for Premier League football. Is it just me or does it look like Sturridge will be gone before an alternative arrives…?

  1. Kyle says

    Selling Sturridge would be a big mistake. Sturridge is a young exciting player with an eye for goal. Even if we purchase a replacement for Torres we still need more than 1 striker. If you look at the teams ahead of us in the league they all have 3 or more recognized strikers. Once healthy Sturridge can provide a real competition for Torres (or any other striekr if Torres is sold in Janurary). Danny is only 23 years old and still has tons of room to imporve on his game. Chelsea isn’t a selling squad PERIOD. There is no reason to try and off load an up and coming player that has obvious star potential

  2. Alan Frank says

    Stats are ok and fine but they don’t tell the whole story. 24 goals in 95 appearances but how many goals has he cost the team with his stupidity and sheer greed when others are in a far better position. Sturridge should have been sold last Summer AND replaced then. Roman Abramovich must do ALL in his power to bring Falcao in having made the dreadful mistake of not offering Drogba a two year contract. Personally I think the club will sign TWO strikers in January as Roman will have seen enough by now to realise his mistakes back in the summer.

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