Italian side Roma are reportedly set to make an offer for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The ex-Bolton centre half is allegedly unsettled at Stamford Bridge and the Serie A side are looking to tempt him to the Stadio Olimpico.
Despite signing a five year contract only eight weeks ago, according to The Evening Standard, Cahill is worried for the future of his career with the Blues. The ex-Bolton defender has only started five games in the last two months, with John Terry and Kurt Zouma currently inhabiting the centre back spots.
With the European Championship set for this summer in France, Cahill is worried that the lack of game time may hamper his chances for an England place.
Having sold ex-Arsenal striker Gervinho for £11.5 million, AS Roma do have money to spend and could be tempted to make a move for the player. And whilst Cahill may be attracted to life in Italy; he should perhaps heed the warnings that were indicated by Ashley Cole’s career.
The former England international has only just left the Italian giants to join LA Galaxy. In a torrid spell in which the player never appeared to settle; he played only 11 games in two seasons. Cahill may hope for the same kind of love David Beckham received at AC Milan than the awkwardness of the relationship forged with Cole.
Yet whilst Roma may be interested in the deal, it is thought that wage demands may be a huge stumbling block. Cahill is being paid £100,000 a week and it would take a huge amount out of the Italian side’s budget to bring in the England international.
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.
Added to that there is very little indication that Chelsea are even looking to sell. The loss of the player would leave them exposed at centre back, despite the signing of New York Red Bulls Matt Miazga which is expected to go through this week.
It will remain to be seen if this deal goes through, but with the transfer window closing on 11pm Monday it will require some quick dealing from both sides to go through.