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Chelsea Transfer News: Gary Cahill Targeted by Juventus in Latest Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2017

Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (L) vies with Burnley's Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge in London on August 12, 2017.
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Juventus have reportedly "made initial contact" with Chelsea regarding Gary Cahill as they seek a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci.

According to The Sun's Alvise Cagnazzo, sources close to Juventus have confirmed the Chelsea captain is a target for the Old Lady, who are hoping to capitalise on uncertainty over Cahill's position following Antonio Rudiger's arrival and Chelsea's reported interest in Virgil van Dijk of Southampton.

The Bianconeri are said to be eager to bring in the England international on loan but would also consider a permanent deal and are prepared to spend in the region of £16.5 million to secure his signature.

Cahill replaced John Terry as Blues captain this summer but endured a disastrous start to the season when he suffered a red card just 13 minutes into Chelsea's first Premier League game.

ESPN FC's Liam Twomey described the foul that earned him his marching orders:

Liam Twomey @liam_twomey

Wow. Cahill overruns a dribble, catches Defour late & high and is shown a straight red card on his first game as club captain #cfc

Liam Twomey @liam_twomey

It was one-footed but studs up. Cahill looked more gutted than aggrieved #cfc https://t.co/ZlOVIuQwv9

The sending off did little to endear him to sections of the Chelsea support who remain unconvinced by his ability, and he has been the target of some fans' ire.

Bleacher Report's Garry Hayes believes he is no more or less culpable of mistakes than any of his team-mates, though, and pointed to the Blues' recent 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur:

Garry Hayes @garryhayes

And there I was thinking Gary Cahill was the weak link at the back for Chelsea...

Garry Hayes @garryhayes

No player is error free - but the mistakes from Azpi and co still didn't get in the way of a great Chelsea performance. Same for Cahill.

Cahill may not be the legendary defender Terry was at Stamford Bridge, but he's nevertheless been a strong player for Chelsea over the years, and he has helped the side win two Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

He's not at Bonucci's level, but he could still make a useful addition to the Juventus squad.

He's worth keeping at Chelsea, and the Blues shouldn't risk leaving themselves short of cover. That said, he will be 32 in December, so if they are able to bring in Van Dijk and Juventus are prepared to make a fair offer for his services, it would not be too surprising if he were let go.

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