Stamford Bridge side look tempt Anfield ace with massive pay-rise.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with a myriad of potential striker targets in recent months and now the Portuguese manager is lining up an ambitious move to re-sign Liverpool ace Daniel Sturridge.
CaughtOffside understands that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will give his backing to a £32m bid for the 24 year old, who left Stamford Bridge for Anfield back in January 2013.
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It’s a sale that Mourinho has himself questioned and will look to lure Sturridge back to west London with a contract offer that will see his earnings almost triple.
Sturridge currently earns in the region of £70k a week having taken a pay-cut when he left Chelsea for Merseyside and Liverpool are set to open talks over a new deal in the summer.
The in-form marksman will have noted Luis Suarez securing a £200k a week deal and may feel he deserves a deal similar to the Uruguayan though his employers may be reticent to offer the England international a deal anywhere near that sum, which could work in Mourinho’s favour.
Chelsea have suffered as a direct result of their current crop of strikers failing to consistently deliver the goods but have still managed to keep up their push for both Premier and Champions League triumphs, Mourinho knows therefore that the signing of a lethal finisher is key.
Whilst Mourinho has chased the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and PSG’s Edinson Cavani he would ideally like to bring in a player with proven Premier League credentials, hence his previous interest in Man United star Wayne Rooney, and is now ready to make his interest in Sturridge known.
Chelsea will offer Sturridge upwards of £160k a week and the chance to be the club’s first choice striker which could prove tempting for the Birmingham born ace who is currently playing second fiddle to Suarez, and a move back to the capital could tempt the Liverpool man.
With Luis Suarez seemingly untouchable, with Liverpool unlikely to consider any offers for their prized asset, Chelsea may feel they have a real chance of acquiring Sturridge, a player who has proven hugely effective over the past 16 months.
Since joining Liverpool in a £12m deal Sturridge has netted a hugely impressive 30 goals in 41 Premier League appearances.
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