Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in the upcoming transfer market.
Though the Blues are strong at the back, their manager Maurizio Sarri believes the team need more reinforcement during the busy period. He has picked up interest in the defender and has reportedly told his employers to get him as soon as the January window opens.
The 70m-rated defender is also a target for Manchester United manager José Mourinho whose side have been defensively poor since the beginning of the campaign.
According to the Sun, United are more than ready to reach Milan’s asking price of £70m but Chelsea are also looking to leapfrog the Reds in the race for his signature.
The price look too higher for a 23-year-old player who is just getting into the limelight, nonetheless, both clubs are less concerned about the price as they believe it will be a good long-term investment.
Should Chelsea beat the Red Devils to the player’s services, what would be the fate of England’s Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen?
Both players enjoyed a steady and stellar performance with the team during Conte’s reign at Stamford Bridge, earning 27 and 28 caps respectively.
However, the arrival of the former Napoli man at Stamford Bridge spell doom for the two centre-backs as they were immediately dropped to the substitute bench with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger taking their respective positions.
With Skriniar in the team, Sarri might need to part way with one or both of them so as to create space for the Slovakian international.
Gary Cahill, 32, was targeted by numerous Italian clubs during the summer transfer window but the former England international refused to leave Stamford Bridge with the hope of fighting for a place in Sarri’s first XI.
Now that it’s obvious his services are no longer needed by the Blues, it won’t be surprising to him leave Chelsea after six years.
His next Destination?
A return Aston Villa looks more likely to happen in January. His experience and physical presence at the back is currently missing at the Villa Park stadium, hence, the team are struggling to keep a clean sheet.
Considering Aston Villa is the player’s first ever club, it will be a welcome idea from the 32-year-old should he decide to help the team return back to England’s top-flight League by the end of the season.
Cahill played 31 matches with the Villa Park outfits before heading to Bolton Wanderers, then, followed by a much-talked-about switch to the Stamford Bridge stadium under José Mourinho in 2010.
As for Christensen, the player is set to remain at the West London club for the rest of the season, whether Skriniar is coming in or not.
Should situations fail to turn around for him in the second period of the season, the Spaniard will definitely go elsewhere in search of regular first-team action next season