Roberto Mancini is keen to re-sign the club's former academy star and take advantage of the England international's current contract stalemate with ChelseaEXCLUSIVE
By Wayne Veysey
Manchester City are preparing to take advantage of Daniel Sturridge's contract stalemate at Chelsea by making an imminent £10 million move for the forward.
Goal.com understands that Roberto Mancini wants to re-sign the City old boy and there is growing confidence at Etihad Stadium that a deal can be wrapped up quickly.
Sturridge has just a year remaining on his Chelsea contract and is considering his future after falling out of favour in the final months of the season and missing out on England's Euro 2012 squad.
And City have emerged as the favourites for the signature of the 22-year-old who retains close links to Manchester.
Uncertainty over his future comes at a time when Chelsea are overhauling their attacking options. The Londoners are hopeful of adding Hulk to new signings Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, while Kevin De Bruyne will also move permanently to Stamford Bridge ahead of the new campaign.
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Chelsea will demand around £12m for Sturridge, who was put on stand-by for the England squad following a season that yielded 13 goals for his club and in which he made both of his two international appearances for the senior team.
However, City negotiated a 15 per cent sell-on clause when they sold their former academy star to Stamford Bridge in 2009 and are hopeful a deal can be agreed for little over £10m.
Sources have told Goal.com that the 22-year-old’s £65,000 a week Chelsea wages are not considered to be a problem by City.
Mancini is a big admirer of Sturridge and has spoken in the past of his disappointment that the forward was sold to Chelsea shortly before he took over as manager.
Sturridge's frustration is twofold. He is unhappy at being played on the flanks at Chelsea rather than in his favourite centre-forward position and was said to be "hurt" at his England exclusion after losing his regular club spot in the final months of the season.
After his form deteriorated, he was an unused substitute in both the Champions League and FA Cup finals.
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