Italian newspaper Per Sempre Napoli has boldly claimed that Napoli could fund a £20m move for Daniel Sturridge by selling their best player Gonzalo Higuain in the summer.
The report suggests that Higuain is a practical certainty to join an English club at the end of the season, with Chelsea and Manchester City potential options for the world-class Argentine who’s outscored every Serie A player this term.
Per Sempre Napoli though have got the wrong end of the stick, in truth. They claim that Sturridge will have to compete with Christian Benteke and the returning Mario Balotelli for a starting spot next term, which is frankly nonsense.
Sturridge is comfortably ahead of Benteke in the pecking order, with the giant Belgian flatly not suiting Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and potentially leaving in the summer. There’s even less chance of Balotelli returning to the club following his loan spell at AC Milan, where he’s again proven he’s not cut out for an elite club anymore.
After spending so long nurturing Sturridge back to fitness, it would be ludicrous to sell our best forward as soon as he’s returned to health.
Klopp has got Sturridge in good physical condition by refusing to take any risks with his fitness, and it’s at Liverpool he’ll be staying for the considerable future.