Odds drop on Gary Cahill to remain at Chelsea

Odds drop on Gary Cahill to remain at Chelsea

Odds drop on Gary Cahill to remain at Chelsea

There’s a lot of reason to believe that former England defender Gary Cahill would be set for a move away this January, as incoming manager Maurizio Sarri has been choosing other options in defence ahead of him. Murmurs have surrounded potential destinations throughout the January transfer window but the Gary Cahill transfer odds have dropped over the last few days, starting at 9/1 a week into January, dropping down to evens on Tuesday, and now sat at 4/7 with SkyBet, who are the primary bookmaker to offer a price on his next move.

More speculation is continuing to grow on a potential move for Gary Cahill to Juventus due to bookmakers withholding a price on the deal to happen. The bookies are offering a price of 5/4 for Cahill to leave Chelsea, 5/1 to sign for Aston Villa, 6/1 to sign for Arsenal or Fulham, 7/1 to sign for Crystal Palace, 9/1 to sign for West Ham United, 16/1 to sign for Watford, and larger prices in the 20/1 odds for him to join Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at Derby County, as well as a 22/1 price for Gary Cahill to join Bournemouth, who thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening.

A lot of the window has been spent assuming that Gary Cahill would result in Unai Emery’s new-look Arsenal side, where they’re in need of more depth in defensive positions as well as, arguably, a leader figure. The Emirates was looking like an almost certain outcome for Gary Cahill at one stage but transfer deadline day kicked off in style when Italian giants Juventus were said to be interested in bringing the Chelsea defender to Turin, providing further cover after losing Medhi Benatia to Qatari side Al Duhail. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus also sealed the loan signing of former Bianconeri centre-back Martin Caceres, who joins on loan from Lazio, but it hasn’t stopped rumours of more defensive back-up on the cards, with former Porto, Zenit St Petersburg, Fenerbahce, and Rangers defender Bruno Alves – currently thirty-seven – also linked.

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Gary Cahill has barely featured since winning the FA Cup with Chelsea last season.

Although Juventus look adamant to sign another defender before the window closes, Gary Cahill would be a bewildering option considering how he fails to make appearances for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, and could be joining a side who are focussed on winning the Serie A title and challenging for the Champions League. That being said, it looks like Allegri is hoping to bring in a defender with experience and Gary Cahill fits that criteria, taking two Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Europa League, a League Cup, three entries into the PFA Team of the Year, and last year’s FA Cup. He’s also four years younger than other transfer target Bruno Alves, and surely just as happy to spend some time on the bench after being stuck as an on-looker at Stamford Bridge for a lot of the current season.

Whether the Gary Cahill transfer odds for him to stay at Chelsea have fluctuated due to his relationship with Maurizio Sarri is another thing, with the former Napoli boss often being candid with his views on the squad, who he feels don’t take on his guidance or acknowledge his tactics. If this is the case, it’s possible that he could be making a big move in taking either David Luiz or Antonio Rudiger out of his starting lineup in favour of Gary Cahill. He’s known for being a leader of men and could be the missing piece of the puzzle for Maurizio Sarri, who’s clearly getting to the end of his tether at Stamford Bridge, with him currently priced as the second favourite next manager to go from the Premier League at odds of 3/1, only narrowly falling behind Leicester City boss Claude Puel, who sits with odds only as high as 8/11.

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