Roberto Mancini wants England international.
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Manchester City are preparing to take advantage of Daniel Sturridge’s contract stalemate at Chelsea by making an imminent £10 million move for the forward.
Goal.com understands that Roberto Mancini wants to re-sign the City old boy and there is growing confidence at Etihad Stadium that a deal can be wrapped up quickly.
Sturridge has just a year remaining on his Chelsea contract and is considering his future after falling out of favour in the final months of the season and missing out on England’s Euro 2012 squad.
City have emerged as the favourites for the signature of the 22-year-old, who is currently on holiday in the Caribbean with former City team-mate Micah Richards and retains close links to Manchester.
If the thought process runs along the lines that a move from Chelsea would somehow aid Daniel Sturridge’s chances of retaining a spot in the England set-up then there is a fair amount of false logic at play. This source states that Roberto Di Matteo’s decision to leave the 22 year old out of his first team towards the end of last season may have cost the attacker a spot at the Euro 2012 finals and that may well be true. However how the hell would the youngster get first team football at Man City?
By all accounts Sturridge is keen to play in a central striking role, as opposed to the wide position he played in much of last term (and with great success), but given that Roberto Mancini has the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko to call upon where exactly would the Chelsea man fit in?
Even if the Blues forward was to be used in a wide-role one has only to point to the fact that a player of Adam Johnson’s quality is also not getting first team football, which also cost him a spot in Roy Hodgson’s 23 man squad.
Roman Abramovich is highly unlikely to sell any of his players to Man City and indeed if Sturridge wants regular first team football then he may want to consider other options than a move to his former club.