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Sturridge terminates Trabzonspor contract. MLS next?

Trabzonspor vs Fenerbahce - Turkish Super Lig

TRABZON, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 1: Daniel Sturridge of Trabzonspor reacts during Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce in Trabzon, Turkey on February 1, 2020. (Photo by Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Daniel Sturridge has left Turkish side Trabzonspor after having his contract terminated by mutual consent and many are suggesting a move to MLS could be next for the former Liverpool striker.

Sturridge, 30, only joined Trabzonspor last summer on a free transfer after running out his contract at Liverpool and he has scored seven goals in 13 appearances in all competitions with the Turkish side only losing one of the 13 games he played in. Trabzonspor sit top of the Turkish Super Lig on goal difference and have a game in hand.

In a statement released on their website, Trabzonspor revealed that Sturridge is now a free agent.

“The professional footballer contract signed between our company and our professional footballer Daniel Andre Sturridge, dated 21.08.2019 and ending 31.05.2021 has been mutually terminated. In accordance with the termination agreement, the football player gave up all his forward-looking rights and receivables.”

Where could Sturridge be heading?

Well, the obvious choice here is Major League Soccer and given the awful news that Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez suffered a torn ACL in the opening weekend of the 2020 season, I’m connecting a few dots here and saying Sturridge would be a good option for ATL for this season.

Look, Sturridge is going somewhere. There’s no way he would end his contract with Trabzonspor unless he has got another deal lined up and this smells like an MLS deal, as well all know that clubs do not want to pay transfer fees for veteran players from Europe. Sturridge is now in that category and even though he’s been so unlucky with injuries, the England international still has a lot to offer if he can stay fit.

Even if Atlanta United don’t make a move for Sturridge there are plenty of other MLS teams who should take a punt on him. With the European season close to ending, Sturridge will want to play as much as possible and a move to North America’s top-flight seems like a very good next step in his career.

Whatever happens, we will always have this.

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