ARSENAL will make a £30million move for Daniel Sturridge when the summer transfer window opens, according to the Mirror.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has finally acknowledged the need for a top-class striker at the Emirates and has long been an admirer of the Liverpool star.
After scoring in the Reds’ Europa League semi-final second leg win over Villarreal, Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp described Sturridge’s performance as ‘outstanding’ and labelled him ‘an unbelievable player’.
However, Klopp clearly still has some reservations over the 26-year-old – largely because of his poor injury record – with the England international regularly having to make do with a place on the bench since returning from his latest setback.
Sturridge recently declared: “I am someone who wants to play every minute of every match so maybe when I’m not starting, it’s hard to take.”
The Mirror reports: “While he signed an new five-year deal back in 2014, Sturridge has never suggested he wants to stay at Anfield for the rest of his career.
“If Liverpool send out even the merest hint that they are prepared to sell, Arsenal would face competition for Sturridge’s signature – but it might not be too stiff.
“A return to Chelsea or Manchester City, for example, would be out of the question.”
As the report suggests, Sturridge’s options as far as the ‘big’ clubs in the Premier League go are fairly limited.
With his all-too-often injury problems, Liverpool may well be tempted to cash in but there’s no way they would sell him to a direct title rival – certainly not for £30m.
Will Sturridge be at Liverpool next season?