Stamford Bridge side look to lure England man into making Anfield exit.
Chelsea are readying a surprise move to re-sign Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.
CaughtOffside understands that Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho is keen on the in-form England man and wants to bring in the 24 year old to lead his Blues attack.
Sturridge left the West London club in a £12m deal that interim boss Rafa Benitez sanctioned and has gone on to become a massive success at Anfield, displaying form that has led to a regular spot in Roy Hodgson’s England set-up.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has seen Sturridge form a deadly striking partnership with Uruguayan Luis Suarez, scoring 32 goals in 39 appearances for the Merseyside club.
Chelsea are ready to offer £32m for Sturridge and will guarantee the striker a regular berth in Mourinho’s first team set-up, something previous manager’s of the club were unable to do during his three and a half seasons at the club.
Sturridge appears happy with life at Liverpool but one imagines Chelsea’s interest would become more tempting if Rodgers was unable to secure a Champions League berth for next term.
Mourinho is confident he can lure Sturridge to Chelsea with not only that guarantee but also with a hefty pay-rise, with a contract offer in excess of £130k a week said to be on the table.
The Chelsea manager is likely to be ready to accept offers for Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, both of whom have failed to make consistent impacts up front and veteran Samuel Eto’o's one year deal with the club is due to come to an end in the summer and recent comments made by Mourinho would lead many to expect the Cameroon international to leave when that deal expires.
These departures would leave room for the addition of Sturridge, who Mourinho will look to line-up with youngster Romelu Lukaku as options in his freshened up front-line.
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