Manchester United are preparing to move for Gary Cahill after Chelsea told the defender he can leave Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The 32-year-old has made only six appearances for Chelsea this season with Maurizio Sarri preferring David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-back partnership in the Premier League.
Cahill’s current contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season and he would be available on a free transfer next summer if he fails to agree a new deal.
But according to the Daily Express, Cahill has been told by Chelsea that they will not stand in his way if they receive an offer which suits all parties in the January transfer window.
The report also claims that Jose Mourinho is ready to make a move to bring the centre-back to Manchester United.
Cahill won the Premier League title under Mourinho at Chelsea, while the United manager has been keen to strengthen his options in central defence since the summer.
Southampton, West Ham, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are also interested in Cahill, who is in his eighth season at Chelsea.
The 32-year-old has already admitted this season that he hopes Chelsea will grant him a transfer if he continues to be left out of the team by Sarri.
‘Obviously the most important thing is the club, but I have to look at my situation,’ Cahill said in September.
‘And if I’m sat doing what I’m doing at this moment in time, I just hope that the club will respect that when it comes to the time.’