Sturridge to get Chelsea pay-off ahead of Liverpool move

Daniel Sturridge will receive a £1.5m pay-off from Chelsea once his transfer to Liverpool is completed, as part of the England international’s contract with the holders of the Champions League, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Sturridge is believed to have undergone a medical with Liverpool on Sunday as part of the formalities before his £12m switch to Merseyside, due to be announced upon the opening of the transfer window on January 1. Sturridge would then be eligible for Liverpool’s game against Sunderland a day later.

The former Manchester City striker will have his Chelsea contract paid up, with Sturridge’s advisers warning that if Chelsea did not agree to what the Mirror terms a golden handshake, then Sturridge would have waited out his existing deal and left on a free transfer in 18 months’ time.

Sturridge has been at Chelsea since 2009, making 96 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side to date, scoring 24 goals and winning a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2009/10, and in 2011/12 claiming the FA Cup and Champions League.

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