What will Paris Saint Germain do if, and seemingly more likely when Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves the French capital for a new club this summer? That’s appears easy enough for the Ligue 1 champions, they will just bring in Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to fill his boots, according toa report from The Sun.
The Swedish striker has been heavily linked with a move away from PSG on several occasions, while Ibra himself hinted about his eminent departure. One most likely destination for the 34-year-old Swede could be the Premier League, the current home of his potential replacement, with Manchester United doing everything they can to sign him this summer. Cavani also expected to leave when the season ends and if Cavani finally leaves it will open up a space in PSG’s squad.
Meanwhile, Sturridge has really struggled with injury for much of his career, but this season has just taken that persistent struggle to a whole new level with the English striker missing out the bulk of Liverpool’s 2015-16 campaign. As a squad overhaul highly expected this summer at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp, it certainly remains to be seen if Sturridge manages to fit in.
It is also worth asking, why would PSG suddenly want to sign a striker whose talent is without question, but whose exceptional brilliance to stay away from the treatment room is so well documented? Regardless of where Sturridge ends up, for football fans, the best thing would be to see the 26-year-old striker finally able to stay on the field for a full season with club and country. He’s really that good.
However, a quick note to PSG, though: don’t rely too much on Sturridge. You can rely on his quality because he is a consistent goalscorer when fit, except he is inconsistently fit. It is news when he does play. Whenever he’s taken off from a match or left on the bench, the first question arises “did he pick up another injury?”
It would be also foolish for Liverpool to sell Sturridge, he is still one of their best striker. He is a world class striker when fit. In 2013/14, the case could be made that he emerged as the second best player in the Premier League behind Luis Suarez, as Sergio Aguero endured a season rife with injury as well.
The latest team linked with Sturridge, alongside PSG, is Serie A giants Napoli. The Italians are quite confident that he could be swayed with the tempting prospects of definite Champions League football. Liverpool’s chances of qualification next season are on the periphery, but are still merely alive.