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24th Aug, 2017 | 1:15pm

Contact made: Euro giants prepared £16.5m offer for Chelsea mainstay - report

By Abigail Withey 

Serie A champions Juventus have contacted Chelsea over a potential move for captain Gary Cahill, according to a report.

The Sun has revealed that the European giants are keen on bringing the 31-year-old to the club in a loan deal this summer.

The newspaper claims on their website that while they are hoping to recruit the England international on loan, they are open to a permanent deal and would be prepared to offer around £16.5 million.

Bianconeri sources have told the Sun that Juventus have turned their attention to Cahill as a replacement for centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, who moved to AC Milan earlier this summer.

The Chelsea captain joined the club back in 2012 from Bolton and has since made a staggering 240 appearances across all competitions for the Blues where he has scored 25 goals and also provided seven assists.

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However, the Chelsea mainstay has had a disappointing start to the season after being part of the losing side to Arsenal in the Community Shield, followed by a red card within the first 15 minutes of their Premier League opener to Burnley.

Because of his suspension it meant that the centre-back watched his team beat Tottenham from the sidelines last weekend, and won’t feature back in the squad until the beginning of September.

Football Insider verdict 

Chelsea must do everything to hold on to Cahill in the closing week of the transfer window. The centre-back provides experience and maturity on the pitch which is desperately needed and severely lacking since John Terry left at the end of the season. It’s likely that Cahill will want to replicates Terry’s career slightly by entering the twilight years of football at the club as captain, and moving to Juventus would prevent that. Also a loan deal would not suit the centre-back while £16.5 million is simply not enough to let their captain go considering the huge bids and deals flying around in the transfer market this summer. 

In other Chelsea transfer news, the club are set to table a fresh offer for their top summer target after having a number of rejections from the Premier League club.

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