Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill is so frustrated by a lack of first-team football that he wants to leave in attempt to safeguard his England place ahead of this summer’s European Championship.
The England vice-captain has played more than 170 games for the champions but has made only 12 league appearances this season as Kurt Zouma and John Terry have become the preferred starters.
Cahill fears he might miss out on the Euros this summer if he is still not playing regularly, a source close to the player told Reuters.
While it could be too late to make the move before the transfer window closes on Monday, Cahill is resigned to leaving to ensure regular top-flight football.
The highly-regarded defender, who cost Chelsea around £7 mill
ion ($10.02 million) when he joined from Bolton Wanderers in January 2012, says he may be at the "crossroads of his career".
The 30-year-old made 10 starts at the beginning of the season before Jose Mourinho was sacked after 16 league games.
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
He has played only twice since Guus Hiddink took temporary charge on Dec 19 - and one of those was in the FA Cup against third-tier Scunthorpe United.
The source said Cahill - who was appointed England vice-captain in September 2014 - was genuinely concerned about his chances of playing for his country in the European Championship in France if he is not playing regularly for his club.
While Cahill has been in and out of the Chelsea side, he has been a mainstay in England's successful march to the Euros, playing in eight of their qualifiers as they won all 10 to sweep into the finals.
The defender captained his country for the first time in October's European Championship Qualifying victory over Estonia at Wembley.
He won his 40th cap in the 2-0 friendly win over France in November but the emergence of Everton's John Stones - a Chelsea target in the summer - and Manchester United's Chris Smalling means he will have to fight for his place in the Euros.
Cahill in May last year became the fastest player in Premier League history to win all five possible major club trophies.
It took him a little over three years to clinch winners' medals for the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and Premier League.