Liverpool and Arsenal face £15m transfer battle

Chelsea's Daniel SturridgeChelsea are ready to allow fringe forward Daniel Sturridge leave the club in January, with Liverpool and Arsenal monitoring the situation according to The Daily Mail.

The England under-21 attacker was part of former boss Andre Villas-Boas’ side on a regular basis, but has been largely frozen out by new Blues coach Roberto Di Matteo since March.

Although the striker has been struggling with a hamstring injury, he is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Stamford Bridge outfit this season, with Fernando Torres being preferred as a lone frontman.

Sturridge has been forced to watch on from the substitutes bench, with the likes of Victor Moses and other new players getting the nod ahead of him.

It is believed that Di Matteo has given the green light for Sturridge to be sold in the next transfer window for a fee in the region of £15m, as he is now deemed surplus to requirements at the west London club.

Sturridge himself is thought to see his long-term future elsewhere, and would be open to moving to another club in the new year in a bid to secure more regular first-team football.

Chelsea are ready to slap a £15 million price tag on the home-grown talent however, which could well deter a number of interested suitors.

At this early stage both Arsenal and Liverpool have been accredited with an interest in Sturridge, with the pair weighing up moves in the next transfer window.

Liverpool specifically are in the market to strengthen in attack, whilst Arsene Wenger is still dealing with life post Robin van Persie.

By Gareth McKnight

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