Arsene Wenger has reportedly set his sights on a Liverpool striker in a bid to improve his sides goal scoring record next season.
The Premier League transfer season is set to kick off in earnest in the next few weeks and news of shock transfers between Premier League sides have been hotting up in recent days.
Earlier this week it was announced that Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta could be leaving the Emirates for Manchester City to link up with old friend Pep Guardiola as one of his coaches.
Now, Arsenal have been linked with another shock transfer, except this time it’s a big name headed to the London club. It appears that Arsene Wenger is reportedly (via the Mirror) readying a huge bud for Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge.
The England international has endured a tough couple of seasons following a string of injuries but has recently returned to action and has immediately found form, scoring in Liverpool’s Europa Leaue semi-final 3-1 victory over Villareal.
With uncertainty over Sturridge’s status as first choice striker at Anfield under boss Jurgen Klopp, Arsenal look set to pounce with a £30 million bid for the 26-year-old.
This could well be seen as good business for Klopp and Liverpool as the England international’s list of injuries is as long as Manchester United’s list of silverware successes under Sir Alex Ferguson. In fact such has been the string of injuries suffered by the Liverpool striker that some have suggested he has not been tough enough and that playing with niggles is part of the game.
Arsene Wenger has been in need of striking options this season as he has alternating between Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud in an attempt to find his best striking option and at Arsenal Sturridge may well be given more time on the field, something the Liverpool striker has been vocal about in the past,
“I am someone who wants to play every minute of every match so maybe when I’m not starting, it’s hard to take.”
Liverpool might argue that Sturridge is worth far in excess of the £30 million being suggested but any suitors would surely argue that the striker’s injury record would warrant the lower fee.
With Arsenal suffering from a low scoring season, it is clear Wenger needs attacking options. When Sturridge is fit he is a proven goal scorer and could certainly help Wenger seek that illusive Premier League title, last won by the London side back in 2004.
With the transfer window set to open soon, fans will not have to wait long to see if Arsenal will indeed table an offer and more interestingly, if Liverpool decide to cash in on the injury prone striker.
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