Daniel Sturridge has rejected the advances of Chinese club Beijing Guoan and has snubbed a big-money move to China, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Chinese transfer window closes this Friday, but the player told the club, who are coached by the former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt, that he wasn’t interested in the switch.
The striker looks set to remain at Anfield this summer, with Liverpool leaning towards holding on to the striker.
The Reds believe they would struggle to find a replacement as good as Sturridge for less than the money they would make if they were to sell the ex-Chelsea and Man City man this summer.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 15, 2017
A stay at Liverpool is looking increasingly likely for Sturridge, with Liverpool having bigger priorities elsewhere. Roberto Firmino is set to be the Reds’ first-choice striker again with Divock Origi, Sturridge and Danny Ings providing alternative options.
What may change things is if Sturridge decides he wants to leave the club this summer, but given his complaint to Jamie Carragher, who suggested he should be sold, that seems unlikely.
It would take a very good offer for all parties to see Sturridge leave the club. PSG are said to have been interested in taking the striker on loan in January.
What’s clear is that, when fit, Sturridge is far too good to be playing for a Premier League side below the top 6. A move abroad could be a good thing for him, but it would have to be a suitable compromise for everyone involved in the deal.
You suspect that Jürgen Klopp and his coaching staff would have no concerns about keeping Sturridge, who reminded everyone how good he can be in front of goal towards the end of last season.
When fit, he can be a very good option for Liverpool, especially with a Champions League campaign in the pipeline.
Liverpool have been reliably linked with Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe for a fee in excess of £100m. That deal is hugely unlikely to happen, with the Frenchman more likely to stay at Monaco or move to Real Madrid, but if it did, you suspect Sturridge would be likely to move on.
The Reds’ move for Mbappe is seen as an opportunistic one, rather than a deal that is a necessity.
If Sturridge decides he does want to move on then you suspect that may be a transfer saga that occurs later in the transfer window, but for now it’s looking unlikely.