Key Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was reportedly seeking a move away from the club over a lack of playing time and it looks like he has been offered a way out of Stamford Bridge. The England international has lost his place to Kurt Zouma in the Chelsea starting line-up under Guus Hiddink and has made only one start for the Blues under the new boss.
Cahill formed an almost impenetrable defence with compatriot John Terry last season as Chelsea won the Premier League but things have been drastically different this season. Gary Cahill has not been featuring regularly after Mourinho’s departure and he fears the lack of playing time could jeopardize his chances of being in the England starting line-up at the European Champions which will be held later this year.
Although less than a week is left for the January transfer window to shut, clubs haven’t given up on signing Gary Cahill as Roma and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the veteran English defender.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Roma have added Gary Cahill to their list of transfer targets as the club look to bolster their defensive options while the Daily Star considers Liverpool favorites to sign the 30-year-old
Recently appointed Roma coach has been forced to deploy midfielder Daniele De Rossi at the centre-back position in the last few games and if Roma are to sustain a title challenge they need to bring in a defender.
A source close to Cahill told Reuters the 30-year-old considered himself to be “at the crossroads of his career”.
However, according to The Guardian Chelsea are unlikely to sell the England vice-captain in this window as they do not have enough time to bring in a replacement. Chelsea are close to the signing of 20-year-old United States defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls but he is considered as a player for the future and not someone who will be drafted into the playing XI right away.
Cahill’s place in the England starting line-up is under threat from John Stones and Chris Smalling, who continue to impress while Gary Cahill sits on the bench.