Aston Villa have been linked with Gary Cahill, with the Chelsea defender expected to leave in January after hardly featuring under Maurizio Sarri, but Dean Smith looks likely to be met with disappointment according to an article from Correiro dello Sport.
AC Milan have reportedly been offered Cahill to solve their respective injury crisis. The Serie A giants are currently without Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia Caldara and Mateo Musacchio and find themselves left with Cristián Zapata and Stefan Simic.
The Rossoneri are on the hunt for a new centre-back and could look to Cahill as a temporary option. It’s hard to see the Chelsea man turning down Milan for Villa, even if he’s a former player, so Smith might have to turn his attentions elsewhere.
Villa have a crisis of their own at the back, with only James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe being natural centre-backs. Tommy Elphick was loaned out to Hull City earlier in the season and now Chester is an injury doubt ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Birmingham City.
The Midlands outfit are sure to sign a new central defender in January, but it may not be Cahill. Even if the Chelsea man was guaranteed first-team football at his old club, he’s sure to be inundated with offers from Premier League sides and top-flight outings across Europe.