Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is looking increasingly likely to be leaving Anfield before the end of the transfer window.
The England international has started just five Premier League games all season – primarily due to the blistering form of Liverpool’s front trio combined with his own injury problems – and he has told Jurgen Klopp of his desire to leave Merseyside in order to bolster his chances of going to the World Cup this summer.
Melissa Reddy of GOAL has reported that Serie A side Inter have made an offer to take Sturridge on loan, in a deal that would see the Italian outfit pay his wages until the end of the campaign.
The Nerazzurri have been seriously struggling for goals of late – scoring just twice in their last five matches and losing ground in the Serie A title race – and manager Luciano Spalletti believes that Sturridge could be the man to help his side claw back some of the points deficit on rivals Napoli and Juventus.
However, the move is not yet a done deal. The report goes on to suggest that the 28-year-old would prefer a temporary move to Sevilla, but the Spanish side are currently reluctant to formalise their interest while they remain in the market for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. Should Antonio Conte succeed in signing Peter Crouch or Andy Carroll or whomever they decide on, that would free Batshuayi to move to La Liga and would see the Spaniards end their interest in Sturridge.
Liverpool had initially hoped to fetch an asking price of £30m for Sturridge in the January market, but his fitness problems have almost certainly been a deterrent to potential suitors. Sturridge’s likely departure means that Danny Ings, who has been tracked by a number of English sides, will probably end up staying at Anfield and competing with Dominic Solanke to be Roberto Firmino’s main understudy.
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