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Man City demand massive Sturridge compo from Chelsea

Manchester City are set to demand massive money from Chelsea for the signing of Danny Sturridge.

The Daily Mail says City will ask for £10m in compensation if - as expected - teenage striker Sturridge quits Eastlands for Chelsea this summer.

City are resigned to losing the 19-year-old to Stamford Bridge after the youngster allowed his contract run down.

But it is understood that City will pitch for a 'development fee' of £10m when the matter goes before an FA tribunal.

Players under the age of 24 cannot switch clubs under a 'Bosman' free transfer, a rule designed to ensure that those who develop young talent do not lose it for nothing.

City will make a claim for a downpayment in excess of £5m and propose that the remainder of the money comes in performance-related instalments.

Chelsea will - in all likelihood - offer substantially less for a player they have been tracking for three or four years.

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