There has been rampant speculation regarding the future of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. The oft-injured forward has struggled to retain a regular place in the team since Jurgen Klopp was hired in the fall of 2015, which has led to rumors regarding a potential exit for the 28-year-old.
Of course, most transfer rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. They are just rumors, after all. While there has been plenty of talk, the most likely outcome is Sturridge remaining on Merseyside through the January transfer window. Remember, you want the most favorable odds when choosing a sports betting site; any book that believes Sturridge is more likely to leave than stay with Liverpool can’t be trusted at this point.
Still, that won’t stop new rumors from popping up every now and then. Most rumors to this point have linked Sturridge with other English clubs. Not many have mentioned Spain as a potential destination. However, there is one La Liga side reportedly kicking the tires on the talented but out-of-favor striker.
La Liga is dominated by Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Not many other Spanish sides have the kind of money to throw around for players of Sturridge’s caliber. However, Real Betis are reportedly interested in bringing Sturridge in on a loan deal once the January window opens.
According to Gol, Real Betis have already reached out to Liverpool regarding a potential deal for Sturridge in about a month. Gol goes on to say that Sevilla are another Spanish side interested in Sturridge, though the player would prefer the guaranteed starting role that Betis would be able to offer.
Betis are reportedly interested in a half-season loan that could be translated into a permanent deal if things go well. Sevilla, meanwhile, would only consider Sturridge if it were on a permanent deal in the first place. Sevilla would reportedly consider sending midfielder Steven N’Zonzi back to LFC in order to facilitate a potential move for Sturridge.
Sturridge has not given any indication regarding his potential interest in moving to Spain, but we do know the striker is interested in more regular playing time than he is getting with his current club. Sturridge is entrenched as the first choice backup striker behind Roberto Firmino, with younger players like Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings waiting in the wings.
If Sturridge determines that the best thing for his career would be to move on, then Liverpool may take these Spanish overtures seriously. Sturridge reportedly wants more regular playing time in order to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England side ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Even if he has to go to Spain in order to make that happen, one would imagine Sturridge will jump at the chance.