The Daily Mail kept the rumour mill churning in the break in English Premier League season by suggesting that Daniel Sturridge may be out of Stamford Bridge in January itself. The Mail goes on to state that Chelsea expect bids of around 15 million pounds for the 23-year-old England Striker. Sturridge has not started any game for Chelsea this premier league season largely because of Di Matteo's preference for Fernando Torres as the central striker. Sturridge's attempts to make a good start to the season have not been helped by injuries and illness concerns.

Sturridge had signed a four year contract with Chelsea in July 2009. He does not have much time left on the current Chelsea deal. Come end of the season, Chelsea would be forced to let go off him on a free transfer. This explains why Chelsea are keen to sell Sturridge in the January transfer window. As for Sturridge, he wants to play regular club football to be considered for the England first team and he would want to leave as quickly as he can.

Sturridge has never hid his intentions to play as central striker for Chelsea. With the exit of Didier Drogba in the summer and indifferent form of Torres, he may have expected more games up front in the new Chelsea set up. But Di Matteo made is very clear that Torres was his main striker and Sturridge has found opportunities to play as a central striker hard to come by. Further, Chelsea have an abundance of attacking midfielders who can play anywhere in the final third of the pitch. Victor Moses and Marko Marin were signed by Chelsea to compensate for the lack of width the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar tend not to offer because they play an intricate passing game and they tend to cut in from the wider positions. This leaves Sturridge with few options at Stamford Bridge. In fact, Liverpool had made a deadline day move for Sturridge but the move did not materialize. Chelsea's decision to loan Romelu Lukaku may have been triggered by their ability to hold on to Sturridge for the time being. If Sturridge indeed manages to leave Chelsea in January itself, Chelsea would ideally want to sign a forward. Notably, Radamel Falcao has been cited as the signing Roman Abramovich is looking to make. Falcao scored 36 goals in 49 appearances last season for Atletico Madrid, rubbishing critics that decried his achievement in Portugese football. He has indeed proved to be the most lethal forward on the planet right now and 45 million pounds may not seem out of reach for the likes of Chelsea and Manchestery City.

Any move for Falcao may be based on Sturridge's exit from the club. Although Chelsea have shown a penchant for last minute transfer deals,  none more fancied than Torres moving from Liverpool to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of 50 million pounds. Given that this is international games break, footballing rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt. But Sturridge's unhappiness at his situation at the club has been well known for some time and this rumour may not be off the mark.

 

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