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Chelsea could be slapped with 8m bill after taking Sturridge from Man City

07 Jan 2010 11:47:00

Chelsea could be slapped with 8m bill after taking Sturridge from Man City

Centre of the storm: Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge Chelsea could face a £8m bill for their signing of striker Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City at a Premier League tribunal next week. The 20-year-old was Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti's first signing after taking over as manager last summer. But City are entitled to claim 'development costs' for Sturridge who came through their academy despite the fact he was out of contract after he rejected an offer of a new deal worth £45,000-a-week at Eastlands. City value Sturridge at £8m - four times more than the figure Chelsea are prepared to offer, reports The Daily Express. City's case is strengthened by the fact Sturridge, who signed a four-year deal worth £75,000-a-week at Chelsea when he was still 19, has broken into Ancelotti's first team. He recently scored two goals in the Blues' 5-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup and Ancelotti is prepared to use him while Didier Drogba is on Africa Cup of Nations duty this month. At the double: Sturridge scored twice in the Blues' 5-0 FA Cup win over Watford The two clubs will put their cases to a Premier League tribunal next Thursday. Chelsea could be ordered to pay £5m with another £3m based on appearances. Ironically, City had to pay around £250,000 in compensation themselves after they 'poached' Sturridge from Coventry City's academy when he was just 13.  Chelsea and Manchester City target Franck Ribery hints at new Bayern Munich deal Manchester United flop Juan Sebastian Veron claims to have snubbed Manchester City Chelsea's Tom Taiwo signs permanent deal with Carlisle Ivory Coast accuse Chelsea of treating striker Didier Drogba like a 'machine' CHELSEA FC


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