MAURIZIO SARRI has reportedly told Gary Cahill he can leave Chelsea in January amid interest from Italy.
The England international, 32, has played just one Premier League game under the new Blues boss when he came off the bench against West Ham.
Reuters4 Gary Cahill has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri
And Calciomercato are reporting that AC Milan are considering a swoop when the transfer window opens.
The Rossoneri are without three senior centre-backs due to injury and are in desperate need of fresh legs.
A loan move in the New Year appears the most likely option, with Milan's senior players believed to favour a move for Cahill's team-mate Andreas Christensen.
The Dane, 22, is in a similar position to his older colleague under Sarri but has the advantage of youth.
Alamy Live News4 The England international has played most of his games in the Europa League
Getty Images – Getty4 Gary Cahill has quit England duty to focus on his club career
Aston Villa is another option for Cahill, giving the veteran defender a chance to link up with John Terry – and return to the club where he started his career.
Further rumours suggest that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering taking his former star to Manchester United to help shore up the Old Trafford club’s leaky defence.
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AFP or licensors4 Maurizio Sarri may shuffle his deck in January after a strong start in London