Manchester City are set to launch an audacious bid to bring Daniel Sturridge back to Eastlands, as contract talks at Chelsea seem to have stalled.
The striker left City in 2009 following a contract dispute, and after initially struggling to get into Chelsea’s first team, he has become a key player at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, City are monitoring his situation and are ready to offer him the chance to rejoin them, should he fail to sign a new deal at Chelsea.
The 22-year-old is said to be frustrated that he is continually played in a wide-role under manager Andre Villas-Boas, despite being the top scorer at the club and out performing Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba most games.
However, the report does say that Strurridge is keen to sign a new deal. Chelsea, on the other hand, want to wait as he still has two years remaining on his current contract, although they are preparing a significant increase on his £65,000-a-week wages.
It is thought that Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the situation and could rival City for his signature should contract talks break down between Sturridge and Chelsea.
I honestly can’t see Sturridge leaving Chelsea just yet, if he does it would be a mistake.
There is always the chance that a massive contract offer from City could persuade him to go back, and Roberto Mancini is said to be an admirer, but is he really going to get in the team ahead of Balotelli, Aguero or Dzeko. It’s unlikely. If he was to return to City he would be playing in a wider role, as he is at Chelsea.
Whereas at Stamford Bridge, he may get the chance to move into the central striker position. Villas-Boas has great faith in Sturridge and should Drogba and Torres continue to do very little, it is surely only a matter of time before the Englishman gets his chance there.
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