Liverpool Set To Agree £40M Deal With International Star – reports

Liverpool are on the cusp of agreeing a new contract with their England international star Daniel Sturridge, which could net him up to £40 million over the course of the staggering deal, as reported by the Daily Express.

The contract would also tie the ultra talented striker to the Anfield club until 2019.

Sturridge is on the cusp of returning from an injury suffered while on international duty with England.

The club were not particularly happy with the circumstances surrounding that knock, with Brendan Rodgers believing that the striker was not given enough time to recover after the team’s friendly against Norway.

The new deal would net Sturridge a huge £150,000 a week wage packet, assuming he continues to play and score regularly, as he has done ever since joining the Reds from rivals Chelsea.

This would more than double his current £65,000 a week salary.

A common ground has seemingly been found, with discussions having taken place since the end of the last campaign.

Revealed: Arsenal Star Is Thinking About Departure

Lukas Podolski has suggested that he is considering his future with Arsenal, having found first team opportunities with the north London club limited since the start of the new season, as reported by the Daily Express.

The World Cup winner has made only two appearances from the bench in the Premier League this campaign, and his only start came in the League Cup game against Southampton, which the Gunners lost 2-1 at home.

Podolski was repeatedly linked with a move away in the summer, but it never came to fruition.

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Despite previous statements, Podolski has now admitted that he could yet be on his way out of the club.

He said: “I am a full blooded player, a street player and I love competition. If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur.

“We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about.”

Podolski has been a consistent feature in the German national side, winning a staggering 118 caps, but has never really imposed himself on a domestic level.

A move to Bayern Munich in 2006, for example, saw him struggle to put together form, and Arsenal have never seen the best of him on a consistent basis.

Chelsea And Arsenal Set To Be Snubbed By Goalscoring Sensation

Valencia star Paco Alcacer is set to snub a move to the Premier League in favour of renewing his contract with the Spanish side, as reported by the Daily Express.

Alcacer has been sensational since the start of the new La Liga season, with the 21 year old forward having scored four goals and provided three assists in only six games for Los Che.

As a result, he has been called up to the full Spain international side, winning two caps, and he has attracted interest from a series of elite clubs across Europe.

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While this includes the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, both Chelsea and Arsenal were also thought to be keen on the striker.

The managers of both sides, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, are thought to be big fans of the talented young star, and were said to be preparing January moves for the player, in an attempt to bring him to the Premier League.

However, he denied interest in a move, saying: “Do not bother me with this story, I know what I want. When the time comes I will sign a renewal.

“For now I play and when everything’s ready I’ll put the signature on the contract.”