Manchester City are set to make a sensational swoop for Chelsea and England man Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge, who left the Citizens only three years ago, is set to be part of a major overhaul at the Etihad as Roberto Mancini conducts a squad reshuffle in hope of bringing a first Premier League title to the blue half of Manchester.
The England international has fallen out of favour since Roberto Di Matteo was installed as the interim boss, and he is keen on a move back to Manchester after leaving in somewhat acrimonious circumstances following an alleged pay dispute.
The former Bolton loanee has only played a grand total of 90 minutes in Di Matteo’s 12 games in charge, and there are fears that his lack of game time could influence his chances of being picked by the apparently imminent England manager for the European Championships this summer.
The City academy graduate is set to wait and see if the former Italian international is handed the job on a full-time basis before putting the feelers out for a move back up north, but if he does so it is thought that Manchester City will need to stump up £20 million to secure his services.
Mancini has made no secret of his admiration of the 22-year old, airing his confusion at why he was ever allowed to depart Eastlands back in December.
“It was strange because Sturridge was developed in Manchester and someone let him go,” the Italian explained.
“If Sturridge was here today, he’d be in the first team. I’ve watched him many times and I know him well.”
Sturridge has hit the target a commendable 12 times this season despite operating, for most of the campaign, in an unfamiliar wide role.
This move could mean that fellow Three Lions man Adam Johnson could be on his way out, which should put the likes of Liverpool on high-alert.