Juventus have contacted Chelsea over a possible deal involving club captain Gary Cahill, according to The Sun.
What’s the story?
Only a month ago, the Blues made Cahill captain following the departure of stalwart John Terry, but now it seems that his future could be in doubt.
The Sun claim that Italian giants Juve – Antonio Conte’s former club – have made initial enquiries about a possible transfer for the centre-back.
It is believed that the Serie A club are hunting for a new man to help marshall their defence following Leonardo Bonucci’s move to AC Milan.
Juve reportedly switched their attention to Cahill after learning that he may not play a regular role at Stamford Bridge this season.
The arrival of Antonio Rudiger suggests that one of David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta or Cahill will have their playing time cut.
How important is Cahill?
For Conte to hand the former Bolton Wanderers defender the captain’s armband suggests that he is an integral part of the team.
However, being leader of the pack does not necessarily mean that playing time is guaranteed, as a large part of a captain’s job is to be an example off the pitch.
It is no secret that some fans grew frustrated with the England international last season, and he did not help his case by getting sent off against Burnley in the first Premier League game of the season.
There is a chance that he will have a spot on the bench more often during the campaign, but it would make no sense for the Blues to let him go.
Chelsea have not had the most positive of transfer windows having sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and Diego Costa refusing to return to the club.
So, losing Cahill as well could severely damage the club’s reputation as an elite force, while also potentially causing uncertainty among the players.