By Coral Barry
Arsenal will make a £30million bid for Daniel Sturridge in the summer, according to a report.
The Liverpool striker is in prolific form of late with six goals in his last ten appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side, including a crucial strike against Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final victory last Thursday.
Sturridge, 26, has managed to shrug off suggestions he does not have the desire to play regularly and the Daily Mirror have reported that his return to goal scoring form has attracted the attention of Arsene Wenger.
The Mirror claim that the Arsenal manager is on the look out for a top-class frontman with current first-choice striker Olivier Giroud’s last Premier League goal coming in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool back in January.
Giroud’s season has stalled after a fantastic opening half to the campaign and the Frenchman has managed just five goals in the entirety of 2016.
Wenger is reported to be a long-time admirer of Sturridge and would be confident a £30million offer could tempt the Merseysiders to part with their star striker.
The Mirror claim that Liverpool’s valuation of Sturridge is much higher than the Gunners’, but Wenger would point to his lengthy injury record as a bargaining chip to lower his price tag.
Sturridge has endured long spells in the treatment room at Anfield and has been restricted to just ten league starts this campaign because of various injuries.
Despite his absence, Sturridge has bagged 12 goals in all competitions, including four strikes in his last five league matches.
Wenger is keen to pounce on any doubts in Sturridge’s mind about his future with Liverpool as speculation increases Klopp does not rate the forward.