Liverpool have reportedly set to demand £15 million for Sevilla target Daniel Sturridge whose stint at Anfield looks set to come to an end this summer.
According to a report by Daily Telegraph, Daniel Sturridge looks set to depart from Anfield in the summer transfer window, with Liverpool ready to offload him. The Reds will demand £15 million for the injury-stricken Englishman, who is attracting interest from the likes of Sevilla, Newcastle United and Fenerbahce.
It has all been going downhill for Sturridge after what should have been a career defining 2013-14 season when he had forged a formidable strike partnership with Luis Suarez to nearly lead Liverpool to their first Premier League title. But, injuries have played spoilsport since then which has seen his career come to a grinding halt.
This past season was perhaps the lowest ebb of his career, as Sturridge fell below last summer’s signing Dominic Solanke in the pecking order, with opportunities rarely coming his way. He was subsequently loaned off by Liverpool in the second half of the season to West Bromwich Albion. But, the spell at Hawthorns was hampered by injuries as well.
In the end, Sturridge could only make 6 appearances for West Brom before returning to Liverpool at the end of the 2017-18 season. With just one year left on his current deal at Anfield, the Reds are now looking to cut their losses by offloading him this summer, with Sevilla interested in signing him.
If fit, Sturridge could easily be an upgrade over the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel, with his instincts in front of goal as well as his superb finishing abilities. But, the elephant in the room is undoubtedly the Liverpool striker’s fragile physical state.
If rotated well though, Sturridge could become an asset for Sevilla, who are ready to launch the offensive for him. Liverpool are open to selling the 28-year-old, but will only part ways with him if a suitor pays £15 million in exchange for his services.
In today’s transfer market demographics, and keeping in mind his injury record, Liverpool’s asking price should not exactly be prohibitive. But, Sevilla will also have to ward off competition from the likes of Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and several other Turkish clubs.
What keeps them in good stead is the fact that Sturridge is open to a move abroad after being hesitant to leave England in January. Liverpool will not budge from their asking price, as was the case in January, although it’s clear that Sturridge already has one foot out the exit door at Anfield.