By David Woods

24th Aug, 2017 | 5:00pm

Top-flight team reportedly contact Chelsea for mainstay seen as dispensable, this one could have legs – view

OPINION By Harry Sykes

Juventus have reportedly contacted Chelsea about a move for their captain Gary Cahill – ideally on loan but it’s said they’d pay £16.5million for him.

The Sun claim that the Italian giants want a new centre-back after losing Leonardo Bonucci to Serie A rivals AC Milan.

They have been made aware that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte considers the defender ‘dispensable’ and can’t necessarily guarantee him regular game-time over the whole season.

Sound like a typically tall transfer tale? Scratch the surface though and this one could have legs.

Antonio Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in the summer for £31.5million and the 24-year-old Germany international is likely to be a mainstay, meaning Cahill’s spot in the team could be under threat.

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That could be exacerbated if Conte is successful in a late bid for Southampton’s in-demand centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Cahill has only managed 14 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League this season after being sent off in the opening day defeat by Burnley.

So many players could be affected if Southampton decide they have to sell in-demand defender Virgil van Dijk before the summer window shuts.

It could spark off a flurry of late activity and if Conte does nab him for Chelsea you could see them getting rid of one of the centre-backs.

Cahill looks the most likely option out of the quality players that Conte has.

Rudiger, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta would all be considered above him in the pecking order despite the fact he’s club captain.

It might seem like one of the summer’s more unlikely moves, but we think it’s one to monitor – with a particular interest in the goings on on the south coast.

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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