Three reasons why this report linking Sturridge with Arsenal is absurd

A ridiculous report on CaughtOffside, clearly trying to maximise on the views that come with ridiculous transfer rumours, has claimed that Daniel Sturridge wants a move away from Liverpool with Arsenal said to be interested in the Englishman.

The summer transfer window is well known for being rife with bizarre transfer rumours, like James Rodriguez to Liverpool. The widespread extent of the situation has brought some people to call the window ‘silly season.’ The reason for this ‘silliness’ is due to media outlets all over insisting on publishing articles on player’s futures or intentions that hold no truth to them.

The latest such example is the rumour of Daniel Sturridge wanting  a move to Arsenal. CaughtOffside, according to a ‘good source’, claim that Liverpool’s number 15 is pining for a move to Arsenal with the London club apparently able to offer the striker what Liverpool can’t: regular game time as a centre forward. Sturridge has been played on the wing once since returning from injury, scored two goals in a roaming role against Burton Albion and made a 5-minute cameo off the bench against Spurs on Saturday.

There is a host of reasons that suggest the report found on Caught Offside is way off the mark.


Arsene Wenger has confirmed, according to the Mirror, that the North London club are close to signing both Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez for a combined £50 million. The latter is a forward and is supposedly the club’s solution to their striking issues. Wenger, as it is, has had enough issues with injuries in the past to sign a player so fragile as Daniel Sturridge.

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Another reason that would lead me to believe that there is no factual basis to this report is that Arsene Wenger, unwilling to part with money as he is, would not be prepared to part with the kind of cash that Liverpool would demand of the Gunners. Wenger is not an impulse buyer and everything with this rumour reeks of fabrication.

The final reason is that the rumour isn’t backed up by a source of any high standing like a newspaper or an accredited journalist. The report lacks the authority expected of a report on a transfer.

Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s best forward, without a doubt. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero are better strikers than the former Manchester City and Chelsea man when he is in his best physical condition.

Jürgen Klopp won’t be letting his best player go after he has worked so hard to him fit. Sturridge faces an important season ahead; the 2016/17 Premier League campaign offers the best opportunity for the injury-prone forward to prove he still has what it takes to be a top forward in England and I doubt he will be moving elsewhere to do so.

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