Emirates Stadium side keen on Stamford Bridge attacker.
Chelsea face a battle to keep Daniel Sturridge after Arsenal took significant steps towards a shock summer swoop.
Sturridge, 22, is the Blues’ top-scoring forward this season with 10 goals, but sources close to the player claim he is not happy with his role as a right winger under Andre Villas-Boas.
And Arsenal’s influential chief scout Steve Rowley has put the wheels in motion to effect a surprise switch.
Sturridge wants to negotiate an improved contract, yet Chelsea are unwilling to do so as he still has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal.
And with the likes of Hulk and Edinson Cavani on Villas-Boas’ shopping list, Sturridge’s current wide role is likely to continue.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This would be quite some coup and one wonders if any feeling of being played out of position that Daniel Sturridge may or may not be suffering from would be counteracted by the fact that the talented youngster has been a practical ever present this term and has clearly been a player Andre Villas-Boas has shown great faith in.
The 22 year old has netted 10 goals in 22 matches this term and is on the fringes of Fabio Capello’s England squad for the Euro 2012 finals and if Arsenal were to try to lure the former Man City man it would surely take a record breaking bid from the North London club in order to convince the Blues to sell.
Arsene Wenger could well do with an effective goal-scoring back up who could offer support to Robin Van Persie as the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho have failed to make an impact. Sturridge would presumably only consider such a move if the Gunners had secured a top four finish, which would probably entail Chelsea losing their spot in the Champions League for next term.