Antonio Conte plotting shock January move for ex-Chelsea forward

Antonio Conte is reportedly looking into re-signing former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge this January.

This is according to Daily Mail, who believe that the Italian is keen on making the England international his new second-choice striker.

Sturridge left Chelsea for Liverpool back in 2013, as he wasn’t happy with his small amount of playing time at Stamford Bridge. But now almost five years from his transfer, the former Manchester City forward is once again finding himself from the bench.

Daniel Sturridge and Ashley Cole celebrating Chelsea's Champions League triumph in 2012.
Daniel Sturridge and Ashley Cole celebrating Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012.

The Englishman has suffered plenty of injuries during the past few years, as he’s been slowly falling down in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.

If Conte can guarantee Sturridge more playing time at Chelsea than what he’s currently getting at Anfield, the 28-year-old could be tempted to make the return and try and earn himself a place in England’s World Cup squad next summer.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring against Chelsea back in 2013.
Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring against Chelsea back in 2013.

With FA Cup, League Cup, Premier League and Champions League all to be played for, Chelsea could have plenty of use for Sturridge as summer signing Alvaro Morata is currently keeping the Blues attack afloat on his own, with Michy Batshuayi still yet to earn Conte’s trust.