Daniel Sturridge will either remain at Liverpool or head to Inter Milan on loan. So say the BBC today, as they claim the Italian club have submitted a “significant” bid to take the striker on loan for the remainder of the season and that Liverpool are happy to see Sturridge head to the Serie A side on loan if he so chooses.
Though the specifics are undisclosed, others have suggested it is a loan fee in excess of £2M and that Inter would also pay Suttirdge’s £150k per week wages in full. The two clubs are also said to be working on a purchase option that Inter would trigger if Sturridge proves he can stay fit over the next few months.
Previous reports have had Sturridge preferring a move to Sevilla, but there appears to be no movement on that front—and while Inter’s offer is enough for Liverpool to allow his departure, the club would be equally happy to have the striker remain at Anfield for the remainder of the current season as a depth option.
Sturridge may prefer Sevilla, but it appears the La Liga side either will not or cannot match Inter’s loan offer, and for less than Inter are offering Sturridge will remain. For what Inter are offering, the decision will be left up to the player, and with his World Cup role in doubt he may feel he has no choice but to go.
Liverpool fans on the other hand will be wondering and worrying over letting a second attacking piece depart in January—even one who hasn’t played a significant role this season—when it appears there will be no new signings made before the end of the month and even with Sturridge the club look short on options.