Chelsea ready to sell Sturridge to Liverpool

Chelsea will sanction the sale of England international Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool in an effort to provide Rafael Benitez with the space in his squad to bring in new faces, the Guardian has reported.

Sturridge is expected to cost the Reds £12m as Brendan Rodgers finally gets his man, six months after missing out on Sturridge in the summer transfer window. The Liverpool manager is said to be keen to bring in support for Luis Suarez in an effort to spread the goal burden around more players than the Uruguayan alone. Sturridge has started only once in the league for Chelsea this season.

Benitez is expected to meet with owner Roman Abramovich and director of football Michael Emenalo in the next few days to discuss areas in which to improve the Chelsea squad in the January transfer window. The interim manager added that he is happy to speak with the club’s hierarchy but will leave the decisions on incoming transfers to his employers.

My way to do things is go to the people in charge. They will know my ideas and after the club will decide,” Benitez said. “You don’t need to talk to the owner too much because he has people in between. I know what he likes, he knows what I like.

Sturridge has been at Chelsea since 2009, moving to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City after failing to break into the first team at the current Premier League champions. Sturridge also spent half-a-season on loan with Bolton Wanderers in 2011, and was part of the Team GB football side at the London Olympics.

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