STURRIDGE MOVE HITS GLITCH
Liverpool's attempts to bring in the Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge to Anfield during the January transfer window has been hit by a glitch due to the demands made by the agent of the player. Liverpool have been consistently linked with the England international for the last few months. He came extremely close to joining Liverpool on a season long loan deal during the summer.
Even though he is one of the two strikers at Chelsea along with Fernando Torres, he has found very little first-team opportunities at the club. As a result, the club are prepared to sell him for £ 12 million in January.
He has been recently left out of the squad that played at the Club World Cup, while he was also a notable absentee in the match against Leeds united. He was expected to take part in the Capital One Cup, but the manager Rafa Benitez decided to omit him from the squad due to the expected transfer of the player. It is thought that the two clubs have agreed a £ 12 million fee for the player, but a possible medical ahead of the completion of the move on January 1st has been hit by the demands of the agent. Liverpool are not prepared to pay a significant amount of fees to the agents unlike in the past.
Liverpool are the third club in the Premier league behind Manchester city and Chelsea to have paid a lot of amount to agents. This has significantly hit the balance sheet of the club, as they have suffered a lot of losses in recent seasons. Even though this is largely due to the absence of the Champions League football, Liverpool believe that they do not need to pay a lot of fees to the agents, which could lead to the proposed transfer falling apart.