TRANSFER TRACKER: Report
Daniel Sturridge is again linked to MLS, with the latest development a report from Goal.com Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella that connects the English striker to D.C. United and Inter Miami.
However, The Athletic's Pablo Maurer later Tweeted his reporting indicates there is no truth to the D.C. chatter.
Sturridge, 30, will finish a ban this June from all soccer-related activities after being found to break betting rules. When that development surfaced in early March, Sturridge had his contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor mutually terminated, making him a free agent.
D.C. had previously been interested in Sturridge in 2018 prior to acquiring Wayne Rooney for a season-and-a-half, but that interest is not current, Maurer reported.
No truth whatsoever to #DCU's interest in Daniel Sturridge, per multiple sources familiar with the clubs front office operations. United *did* explore the idea of signing Sturridge, and were in touch with his representation, in 2018. Not happening in 2020. No chance. https://t.co/hCjeNsIGSm— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) May 18, 2020
Sturridge is most renowned for his spells at Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, three of the biggest Premier League clubs. In 160 appearances for Liverpool, the left-footed forward scored 68 goals and handed out 26 assists. He also featured for England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 competitions.
As far as a potential fit, both Eastern Conference clubs have an open Designated Player spot. It remains to be seen, though, how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact transfer plans and salary outlays. Given his background in Europe, a player like Sturridge has certainly grown accustomed to a certain level of salary.
Sturridge was also linked to D.C. United last summer, though nothing came of it. There are also a few MLS destinations where his services could make sense, as MLSsoccer.com contributor Greg Seltzer outlined.