Chelsea snatched Sturridge from under City’s nose back in 2009 for just over £3 million despite his burgeoning reputation as one of the most promising talents in the country.
Sturridge’s future at Chelsea has been the source of some speculation for some time. The 22-year-old enjoyed an excellent start to the season with the Blues and reached a personal record tally of 11 goals in the Premier League, but fell out of favour with interim boss Roberto di Matteo.
The Italian hit out at Sturridge’s perceived lack of work rate and left him out of key games in the Champions League against Barcelona as well as the final against Bayern Munich.
Now with one year remaining on his current deal and talks believed to have come to a standstill as Sturridge waits to see who will manage Chelsea next season before committing to the club, Goal.com reports that Manchester City are increasingly confident they can lure their target back to the north west.
His lack of football towards the end of the season appeared to have cost him a place in England’s squad for Euro 2012, and with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich spending big this summer his first team opportunities look more limited than ever.
The talented youngster was also forced to spend much of his playing time in an unfamiliar wide position, something that he admitted earlier this month displeased him. Whether Manchester City can offer him more regular football and in his preferred position remains to be seen.
Sturridge retains plenty of links to Manchester and was pictured on holiday with Manchester City full-back Micah Richards earlier this week.
Previously Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini expressed his anger at seeing Sturridge leave the club to join their Premier League rivals, insisting that had be been in charge at the time the England international would not be allowed to leave.
A fee of £10 million will be enough according to Goal.com, with the 15 percent sell-on clause City negotiated when they sold Sturridge likely to be waived in order to effectively bump the price up closer to Chelsea’s demand for £12 million.