Manchester City are preparing a controversial £12million swoop for former academy player Daniel Sturridge after contract negotiations with Chelsea have faltered.
The 22-year-old striker left City in 2009 and joined the Champions League winners where he netted 13 goals this season.
But after bringing in Eden Hazard and Marko Martin, and their ongoing pursuit of Hulk, Sturridge has been left fighting for his position at Chelsea.
Speaking about his position at Chelsea, Sturridge told Jamaica Observer last week: "I feel hurt, but you know, maybe it is a blessing in disguise.
"It's going to spur me on to do better. It's going to drive me to want more success and to be a better footballer. I'm upset about it, but not too much.
"Winning the Champions league is the greatest achievement for any club, and I am just happy I was a part of a Chelsea team that created history in doing that. Having that medal is the highlight of my career."
Sturridge was an unused substitute in the FA Cup and Champions League finals and was excluded from England’s Euro 2012 squad.
He has one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and goal.com alleged that Roberto Mancini is considering re-signing him.
Chelsea are expected to demand £12million for their player but there is a 15 per cent sell-on clause in Sturridge’s contract which could see him join for £10million.
Mancini voiced his regret that Sturridge was sold before he took over as manager and is keen to add him to his strike force to retain their Premier League title.