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Juventus targeting England international to replace Leonardo Bonucci

Gary Cahill is not considered first choice by Antonio Conte, who is still hoping to secure deal to sign Virgil van Dijk

Juventus like their centre-backs how James May likes his cars – old and reliable.

The Old Lady of Italian football have made initial contact with Chelsea over a move to sign Gary Cahill, according to Sun Sport.

The Serie A champions are in desperate need of a new centre-back, having lost Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan.

Juventus have been alerted to Gary Cahill's availability by Antonio Conte

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Juventus have been alerted to Gary Cahill’s availability by Antonio Conte

Juventus believe 31-year-old Cahill is more than capable to filling the void left by Bonucci.

The arrival of Antonio Rudiger from Roma means Chelsea’s colossal back three from last season are under threat.

David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta are both huge favourites of Conte and so the Blues’ new captain may find himself warming the bench.

Cahill was sent off in Chelsea’s Prem opener against Burnley.

David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta are first choice under Antonio Conte

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David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta are first choice under Antonio Conte

It has been an uncharacteristically frustrating summer on the transfer front for Juventus.

They have failed to land either of their top targets in Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin and even failed to secure deals for Eliaquim Mangala or Ezquiel Garay.

Juventus are keen on a loan deal for Cahill, but would be willing to part with around £16.5million to land the 31-year-old permanently.

Gary Cahill was Chelsea captain en route to Premier League triumph

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Gary Cahill was Chelsea captain en route to Premier League triumph

Such a deal would only be possible if Conte signs Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

The Saints defender has become Chelsea’s primary target after missing out on Bonucci.

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