Etihad Stadium boss wants Stamford Bridge youngster.
Manchester City are plotting a sensational bid to bring Daniel Sturridge back to the club after enquiring about the Chelsea striker’s contract situation.
Sportsmail has learned that City have been asked to be kept updated on developments regarding Sturridge’s future.
The England international only left the Etihad Stadium in July 2009 after agreeing to join Chelsea following a contract dispute.
The forward is keen to start negotiations over a new Chelsea deal, though the club are yet to call him in for formal discussions due to the fact he still has two years left on his existing contract.
And the 22-year-old is growing increasingly agitated at Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to use him in a wide role, rather than his preferred central striker position.
News of his concerns have filtered back to his former club, who are now trying to manoeuvre themselves into a position to strike if Sturridge becomes obtainable.
Chelsea will offer Sturridge a new contract, which will include a significant pay-rise from his current £65,000-per-week package.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Whilst Daniel Sturridge may wish to play in an orthodox striking role and that may be what Roberto Mancini can offer, just how likely is the England international to secure regular football at Man City given that the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli are the current striking options at the Premier League table toppers.
Andre Villas-Boas has shown a lot of faith in the 22 year old attacker, making him a virtual ever present this term, and it just seems the Blues boss prefers to use him out wide and from that role he has proven incredibly effective, notching up 11 goals and five assists this term.
Mancini may well have chosen to keep Sturridge had he been in charge at the time but he will struggle to convince Chelsea to sell one of their top talents to a direct rival.
Chelsea will no doubt look to hand Sturridge a new improved contract but the youngster may wait until the summer, when he knows if the West London side have secured a top four finish or indeed whether Villas-Boas is still at the club, before putting pen to paper.