Daniel Sturridge is today linked with a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with reports suggesting a £45 million bid.
Sturridge was rumoured to be pushing for a move away from Liverpool in February, though Jurgen Klopp and the player himself were quick to quash speculation.
But just over a month later, during a quiet international break, the striker has been linked with a big-money move to Ligue 1 leaders PSG.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani likely to leave the club at the end of the season, the Mail‘s Sami Mokbel claims that PSG have targeted Sturridge as the ideal replacement.
The Paris club are claimed to be sending scouts to watch Sturridge in England’s Wembley Stadium friendly with Holland next Tuesday night, with the 26-year-old “one of the stellar names on [their] wanted list.”
Any move for Sturridge is said to rely on Cavani leaving the club this summer, but Mokbel claims the usual suspects of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on signing the Uruguayan.
Sturridge has recovered from a number of niggling injuries to reach full fitness at the business end of the 2015/16 campaign.
The No. 15 has scored seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions, bringing his tally for the club up to 48 in 81 games.
Sturridge is a world-class centre-forward when fit, and one of the most prolific in Liverpool’s history.
Therefore, while his injury problems may be a concern, the Reds are unlikely to be looking to sell this summer; conversely, PSG are unlikely to sanction a £45 million outlay for an injury-prone striker.
Most recently, Klopp described Sturridge as being in “the best” condition since his arrival at the club in October, saying he had no issue with the ex-Chelsea man leaving on international duty.
“There is absolutely no issue with Daniel Sturridge,” he said.
‘He has trained for three, four, five weeks now, completely normal programme, no rest in a special situation.
“Everything is really okay.
“It’s absolutely the best moment since I have been here with Daniel so we don’t have to tell [England] please have an eye on him and let him rest when all the others are training.
“No, no, no, Daniel is in really good shape.”
Sturridge is set to play a key role in Klopp’s attacking line for the long term, and while unlikely big-money overtures from Paris may prove tempting, selling the striker would be a major gamble—as there are few players capable of replacing his output.
These Sturridge reports, from far from credible journalists, appear to have very little substance – but they’ll make the headlines regardless.
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