According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool have rejected a loan deal from La Liga side Sevilla for Daniel Sturridge. The report states that Sevilla were willing to pay all of Sturridge’s sizeable £150,000 per week wage bill, but were unwilling to match the £20-30 million rumored fee that would be required to bring him in on a permanent deal. Unless Sevilla can pony up the extra dough, Inter Milan appears to be the most likely destination for Sturridge.
If true, this highlights a conundrum that many teams face in bringing in the 28-year-old striker. First of all, such a large wage bill puts Sturridge’s services out of reach for all but the biggest clubs. Secondly, many of those big clubs are understandably hesitant about bringing in the perpetually injury-prone England international, especially on a permanent deal.
This rumor is further evidence that a permanent move away for Sturridge is likely in the cards. He was a great servant, and could have been an all-time great if his body did not continually let him down.
Hopefully Sturridge can find a new home in a less physically demanding league such as La Liga or Serie A, where he can once again find regular minutes and bang goals for fun. Especially if such a move can get him a coveted spot in England’s 2018 World Cup squad.