- Juventus have spoken to Chelsea over surprise move for Gary Cahill09:40 | 25/08/2017
With a just week of the summer transfer window remaining, all of the talk around Stamford Bridge has been regarding potential incomings.
Chelsea’s impressive display against Tottenham may have papered over a few cracks but Antonio Conte knows more signings are required to strengthen the depth of his squad for the rest of the campaign.
Over the last few weeks, it was widely thought the only senior player who could leave the club was the disgruntled Diego Costa, however, that might not actually be the case.
According to The Sun, Chelsea’s newly appointed club captain Gary Cahill could also be making a shock exit.
Cahill started the Blues’ first game of the season against Burnley but was sent off early on and still has to sit out two more games to serve his suspension.
And given how well Conte’s makeshift defence handled Harry Kane last weekend, Cahill’s instant return to the starting XI isn’t necessarily a guarantee.
Which might explain why Juventus have reportedly made contact regarding the 31-year-old’s availability.
The Italian champions are still in the process of replacing Leonardo Bonucci, who joined AC Milan earlier in the summer.
So far, they have failed in pursuits of Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng, Eliaquim Mangala and Ezequiel Garay, and have now turned to Cahill in the hope he can end their quest for a new centre-back.
The same report claims Juve would ideally like to sign the England international on loan for a season but are prepared to spend up to £16.5 million to acquire the former Bolton player’s services.
Sources have apparently told The Sun that Conte is unsure how much of a role his captain will play this term which has encouraged Juventus boss Max Allegri to register his interest.
Given Conte is still eager to improve his defence, it seems unlikely he would be willing to let Cahill go, particularly after the departures of Nathan Ake, John Terry and Kurt Zouma already this summer.
The Blues are still closely monitoring the situation of Virgil van Dijk and could still make a late swoop before the transfer window shuts next week.
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