By Brad Smith
A host of Premier League clubs are reportedly keeping an eye on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, as their Champions League future hangs in the balance.
Should the Blues fail to finish in the top four in the league, they would face the mammoth task of having to win the competition this season, with the Spanish giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, and the German side Bayern Munchen still in the competiton.
The Londoners currently sit 5 points behind rivals Tottenham, with 8 games remaining, and also have Newcastle behind them only on goal difference.
Arsenal are reportedly very keen on the 22-year old, as well as Manchester City, whom he used to play for.
Sturridge is also dismayed with having to settle for a place on the wing, which he was confined to under former boss Andre Villas Boas, and which current interim boss Roberto Di Matteo has not changed, and also given players like Salomon Kalou a chance to shine, leaving competition for places very high.
Speaking to The Sun, earlier this week, Sturridge said “That’s the position I will always pick myself, centre-forward.
“But whatever position the manager picks me in I’m happy and right now, for the team, I’m in the wide position.”
However, should a Champions League come knocking at seasons end, Sturridge may well be tempted to walk.
There is no sign of who the new manager may be at Stamford Bridge yet, but he is likely to be given funds to shake around with the squad, which could see a host of big names leaving, with Sturridge possibly being one of them.
Chelsea are next in action on Saturday, away at an Aston Villa side who have won just once of their last seven games, and a game which Chelsea must win to keep their Champions League hopes alive.