Arsenal are claimed to be eyeing a bid to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool this summer, but would they sell?
The Reds have relied on the English forward for goals since the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona two years ago, but his injuries have prevented him from having a real impact for the side.
The 26 year-old has only managed to appear in 25 Premier League matches over the past two seasons, scoring 12 goals in the process. His return per appearance is more than respectable, but the fact that he is rarely available must be frustrating.
The club signed Christian Benteke last summer in order to try and cover for the injury-prone star, but the Belgian has failed to earn a regular starting place at Anfield, but did manage to rack up eight league goals in his 26 outings this term.
LFC also have young English forward Danny Ings in the squad, and he started the season in great fashion, but he also fell foul of injury, and is only nearing a return from that injury he picked up back in October.
With Arsenal supposedly readying a £30 Million offer for Sturridge, Liverpool will have to consider the striker’s worth to their team, and that sort of fee could appear generous for a player who is regularly on the sidelines.
If the Anfield club were to win the Europa League final in 10 days, they will secure Champions League football for next season, and they will no doubt be eager to strengthen their squad and numbers if they were to achieve that.
I don’t think any Reds fans will be keen to see the striker sold in order to reinvest the money in strike-targets, and their manager Jurgen Klopp recently praised Sturridge as being ‘unbelievable when fit’.
I don’t think that the striker will be allowed to leave in the summer, but his continual injury issues could mean a substantial fee could persuade Liverpool to cut their losses.
Would we be willing to fork out the cash needed for Sturridge? Do we really want ANOTHER injury prone player in the squad?