So far Marko Marin and Eden Hazard have been added to Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea and there is a strong chance that Brazilian centre forward Hulk will be joining them at Stamford Bridge next season.
Along with Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Stefan Jovetic all being linked to Chelsea is it any wonder that Daniel Sturridge is thinking of jumping ship?
According to The Mirror Sturridge wants out in order to stay in contention for an England call up and Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are watching the situation very closely. The 22 year old was the only ray of light in Chelsea’s otherwise disastrous first half of the season under Andre Vialls Boas scoring 11 goals in 2011.
Once the Portuguese manager had been sacked and Roberto Di Matteo stepped in, Sturridge only managed two more goals in a handful of starts and was often frustrating to watch when picked.
His selfishness was the asset that was pinpointed as being his major problem and is probably the reason Di Matteo opted for the now released Kalou on the right to assist Drogba in his final season at the Bridge. At the start of the year it seemed as if Sturridge should already book his flight to Krakow as it would be insane to leave him out of the squad but with a change in manager Sturridge only received a place on the stand by list.
It should also be mentioned that Sturridge has been angling for an improved contract – because £65,000 a week is not enough for a modern day 22 year old to live on – and his agent could be dangling the striker in front of other teams in order to remind Chelsea what a prodigious talent he is. This could lead to a new contract of which I’m sure the agent would be due a handsome fee.
So best not to take these rumours seriously, right? Wrong, as the last time Sturridge was involved with contract negotiations with a club and he didn’t get what he wanted, he left for a very small fee decided at a tribunal.
Where Sturridge could go is tricky, as even though he has only been at Chelsea for a year the inevitable Roman Abramovich shopping spree could see him relegated to the bottom of the pecking order and Sturridge has already shown that he is a player that needs to know he is always in contention for a place in the first team.
If he did leave, then in order to gain the playing time that would bring him back in the reckoning for an international call up he would have to put Manchester City out of his mind. Liverpool and Tottenham don’t have Champions League football to offer so his best option could be Arsenal.
With the strong possibility that Van Persie will be leaving this summer Sturridge could become top dog amongst the strikers at the Emriates and they could certainly use some of his selfishness in front of goal.
Along with Wenger’s ability to turn youngsters into international superstars it could be a match made in heaven but with contract negotiations still ongoing it would be best not to get too carried away, just yet.
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