As well as bringing in cash it also releases a squad place for the Blues.
Liverpool have agreed a deal with Chelsea but any transfer is unlikely to be confirmed until the opening of the January transfer window.
The former Manchester City striker has made seven league appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring one goal.
Sturridge has not featured since Rafael Benitez arrived at Stamford Bridge, due to a hamstring injury.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of Sturridge and tried to sign him on loan in August, but the Chelsea frontman wanted a permanent move. Rodgers is also after Blackpool's Tom Ince but no formal offer has yet been made.
Meanwhile Benitez despite only being in 'temporary' charge at Chelsea is planning to add to his squad as he aims for a Champions League place.
The first move by Benitez looks certain to be for Tottenham's Cameroon defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 28 with £6 million believed to be the fee according to the Sunday Mirror. But the sale of Sturridge almost certainly means Benitez has his eye on another striker even though Fernando Torres has finally found his form under his former mentor.
Benitez is no stranger to dealing with awkward players and if any manager/club combination has the resource and the will to take on a problem child then it is Chelsea and Benitez. There is no evidence at the moment to suggest who Chelsea are targetting but a certain Manchester City striker may well be on the list.
There will be no shortage of interest in Mario Balotelli with Italian giants AC Milan claiming last week that they are lining up a £20million bid to sign the City striker in next month’s transfer window — against the wishes of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
Interim president Adriano Galliani has been ordered by Milan owner and Balotelli fan, Silvio Berlusconi, to take the former Inter Milan star back to San Siro and he plans to negotiate directly with City’s Abu Dhabi owners and the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
That leaves Mancini out in the cold after he has repeatedly stated that he wants the troubled striker to stay in England.
But, don't be surprised if Chelsea step into the fray.