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Chelsea star linked with shock move to Italian giants

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.

'World must be coming to an end,' – Chelsea fans react to surprise transfer rumour

Gary Cahill is not a name that has been banded about in the transfer gossip pages this summer, but it appears that the Chelsea captain may be wanted by another club.

According to The Sun, Italian giants Juventus have made initial contact with the Blues regarding a possible deal for the defender.

Cahill was made captain of Chelsea just last month following John Terry’s decision to call time on his illustrious career at Stamford Bridge.

There are slight doubts over the defender’s potential playing time this season, though, due to the arrival of Antonio Rudiger.

It has been a bad start to the campaign for Cahill, as he was sent off early into the Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League season.

It is unclear whether the England international would be open to becoming Leonardo Bonucci’s replacement, but the fans have given a mixed response to the reports.

He could help make Morata a legend – 5 things every fan needs to know about £7.65m-rated Chelsea man

Chelsea completed the signing of Torino right-back Davide Zappacosta on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day last week, and it is fair to say that many Blues fans may not be too familiar with the 25-year-old – who Transfermark value at just £7.65million.

Blues manager Antonio Conte had been looking for a player to provide Victor Moses with more competition in the right wing-back spot this season, and he finally brought the Italy international to Stamford Bridge just hours before the window slammed shut.

The Premier League title holders will certainly need that added squad depth this term as they look to retain their English top flight title as well as make an impact in the group stages of the Champions League, and they will hope that they have got a solid and reliable performer in the full-back.

To boost Chelsea supporters’ knowledge of their new man, here are five things they need to know about Zappacosta…

Barcelona stumble, PSG distracted: Europe’s winners & losers

Recently, it’s been the case that English football hits crisis point around this time every year. The club sides are given no hope of European glory and the national side is about to take to the field amid sighs or general low-level groaning about the make-up of the XI and its tactics.

Liverpool face Dortmund and Man City face PSG as they look to make the last stand for Britain in Europe. A full-on footballing Brexit looks the most likely option, and when Leicester win the league and Watford win the FA Cup, the humiliation of England’s footballing royalty will be complete. But we don’t usually do revolution, do we?

This week’s Euro roundup has a hangover that won’t be cured by pastry and rye bread alone and is longing for a fix of hash browns and real bacon. But it was worth it to celebrate England’s coefficient victory – because that’s all that matters.


Five transfer coups Benitez could secure for Newcastle this summer

Newcastle United fans probably aren’t even thinking about what might happen in the summer just yet as the club’s battle for Premier League survival continues, but the coming transfer window could be an incredibly exciting one with Rafa Benitez at the helm.

First of all, the Spaniard has reportedly taken the Toon job on the proviso that he’ll be given free reign in the transfer market, so there won’t be another Ligue 1 haul arriving courtesy of chief scout Graham Carr and controversial owner Mike Ashley won’t be flogging the club’s top talents to the highest bidder.

But secondly and perhaps more importantly, Benitez is one of the best in the business who boasts vast connections throughout European football, having worked in La Liga, Serie A and of course, the Premier League, and that combination could grant Newcastle access to a level of the transfer market that has repeatedly evaded them in recent years.

With that in mind and the Magpies starting to move in the right direction following a draw to Sunderland on Sunday, here are FIVE transfer coups Benitez could secure for his club during the coming transfer window – providing they stay in the top flight.