Inter Milan are reportedly confident that a deal can be struck this month for out of favour Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge is well-liked at Liverpool, with his class in the 2013/14 season a source of fond memories for Reds’ fans but with Jurgen Klopp looking to take the club forward, the 28-year-old has been left behind somewhat and is in need of game time.
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is fast approaching and Sturridge needs to either break into the starting XI at Liverpool or move to a new club to find the game time necessary to convince Gareth Southgate that he has enough in the tank to help England.
With Mohamed Salah on 23 goals for the season, Firmino on 17 and Sadio Mane rekindling the form which saw the Senegal attacker light up the Premier League last season, Sturridge is facing an uphill battle to get back to playing regularly on Merseyside.
That leaves just the one option for the former Chelsea forward.
According to Sky in Italy, Inter Milan are confident they can agree a deal to sign Sturridge on loan this month, with the Italians unwilling to meet Liverpool’s £30 million valuation of the striker to make the deal permanent.
That said, the Serie A club is keen to have the option to buy at the end of the loan. Despite Inter wanting to sign Sturridge temporarily, his injury record has them concerned over his long-term suitability and are therefore unwilling to make the move permanent just yet.
They are in need of more firepower with Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic the only two players to have scored more than three league goals this season.
From Liverpool’s perspective, offloading Sturridge this month is a fair bit risky. I mentioned this the other day but the drop-off in quality from the no.15 to Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke is considerable.
On top of that, Liverpool have already sold Philippe Coutinho this month and to sell two of the most naturally talented players at the club (regardless of motive) is a risky tactic.