Report: Chelsea’s Cahill in line for shock Liverpool transfer

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Reports have emerged that Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill could make a shock move.

Cahill, 30, has lost his starting spot in Chelsea’s central defense to young French international Kurt Zouma and ahead of the 2016 European Championships this summer England’s vice-captain is concerned that a lack of minutes for the Blues will compromise his starting spot with the Three Lions.

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After arriving from Bolton Wanderers in January 2012 for $12 million Cahill has been a regular at Stamford Bridge but despite signing a new four-year deal in December he has only started one Premier League game since interim boss Guus Hiddink arrived.

Cahill was a favorite of Jose Mourinho’s but now he appears to be questioning his Chelsea future and multiple outlets in the UK are reporting that Liverpool is leading the race for the powerful defender if the Blues decide to let him leave. That’s a big if, but bookmakers have slashed odds on Cahill’s next club being Liverpool.

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Jurgen Klopp has been linked with moves for Schalke’s Joel Matip and Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic so far during this window as a string of injuries to central defenders has left the German coach short. If Cahill was to switch Stamford Bridge for Anfield he’d be a regular starter, probably alongside either Mamadou Sakho or Martin Skrtel, and he’d add real stability to the Reds’ shaky defensive unit.

Chelsea selling an experienced defender to a PL rival would seem a little odd but given Cahill’s age and eagerness to play regularly during the prime years of his career, perhaps this would be a good fit as he’d certainly be a key player for Liverpool.

Let’s see where this one goes, but I like the move for Liverpool if they can pull it off.