Manchester City plan to exploit the uncertainty surrounding Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s contract talks by placing a big-money bid this summer, [football] direct news understands. A source close to the Etihad Stadium told FDN the Blues are keen to lure the England international back to Manchester for a second spell at the club, having seen him depart for Chelsea in 2009. Ironically, it was a failure to tie him down to a fresh deal that led to his exit five years ago. City are looking to freshen up their strikeforce at the end of the season after seeing talisman Sergio Aguero and forward Stevan Jovetic blighted by injuries and Alvaro Negredo embark on a four-month goalscoring drought. However, the club insider admitted that there has been no encouragement from Liverpool or the player’s representatives, and it is thought the Premier League leaders remain confident of retaining his services. The 24-year-old still has more than four years remaining on his current arrangement at Anfield.