A piece of Paris Saint-Germain-headed paper will pass through the birth canal of the fax machine in Liverpool’s admin office this summer, with an offer in the £50m ballpark for Daniel Sturridge scrawled on it.
According to today’s hot gossip, Les Rogues et Bleus regard Sturridge as the starting point in a striker recruitment drive necessitated by the expected departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
After a troubled season marred by fitness issues, the 26-year-old has made just five Premier League starts, but the four goals he has registered in spite of such limited opportunity underpins his quality.
Still, if PSG’s megabucks bid does arrive in the Reds inbox, they’d be daft not to sell in what will be an important pre-season.
Jurgen Klopp has voiced his frustrations at Sturridge’s frailness already during his short stint at the helm and, drawn to the treatment table like a pregnant turtle is to the beach upon which it hatched, the forward can’t be considered sufficiently reliable to structure a long-term plan for success around.
Klopp’s expressed angst suggests he has already drawn this conclusion and would doubtless welcome a stratospheric offer from the French capital.
Looking for a focal point for his 2016/17 modus operandi, probability dictates the German coach will sign a striker of his own this summer and, if the new recruit is to take centre stage, a move away makes perfect sense for Sturridge too.
He’ll score even more freely in the less-competitive Ligue 1 when spearheading an attack that has registered 77 divisional strikes so far this campaign. Similarly, he’ll be less susceptible to injuries playing in a system that isn’t as labour intensive as the strategy as Klopp favours.
Given Sturridge’s discussed injury-proneness, this prospective move may not exactly paint PSG as superstar shrewdies, but they had their transfer extravagance questioned on both previous Premier League shopping excursions, yet they worked out just fine.
The £50m handed to Chelsea for Brazilian Benny Hill defender David Luiz was widely-derided up until the second he thumped in the header that led to the Blues’ 2014/15 Champions League demise.
They weren’t perturbed enough by Angel Di Maria’s Manchester United failure to pull out of a £45m deal to buy the Argentine either; he has scored nine Ligue 1 goals this season and assisted 12 more.
If rumours of their interest are true, Laurent Blanc and his PSG financiers will be keeping tabs on Sturridge during England’s friendly with Germany this weekend, where the Liverpool ace is 5/2 to notch at any point.