Deal on: Chelsea advance talk with Club to seal £16.5m transfer of tough-tackling defensive star

Following the exit of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic last season, Antonio Conte looks set to build a solid defence capable of defending the Premier League title. Chelsea suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat to EPL minnows Burnley, with Gary Cahill fingered as the major culprit for the humiliating defeat.

With the exit of Terry and Ivanovic, Cahill is the eldest of the defenders currently at Stamford Bridge and it now looks as though he will be leaving, Sun reports. It is reported that the Juventus have spotted the 31-year-old centre-back as a likely replacement for Leonardo Bonucci who switched to AC Milan this summer.

Further report says that the Italian giants have made an official enquiry over the availability of the Englishman who has been at the club for five years after he completed a £7 million switch from Bolton Wanderers.

Conte has Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen at his disposal and he is reportedly eyeing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk to bolster his defence. The manager has utilized a 3-man defence this season, and that automatically excludes Cahill from his first XI, knowing fully well that the likes of Rudiger and David Luiz rank higher on the totem pole of CBs at the club.

Juve are said to be eager to take Cahill on a season-long loan move with the option of making the deal permanent in a deal worth £16.5million, as per the Mirror.

Cahill’s contract runs until the summer of 2019, but should Chelsea succeed in signing Van Dijk it could finally see the exit of the England international.