JUVENTUS have made initial contact with Chelsea over a move to sign Gary Cahill.

The Serie A champions are in desperate need of a new centre-back, having lost Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan.

And sources close to the Bianconeri have told us they have now targeted Cahill, having been alerted to the fact Antonio Conte does not consider him first-choice.

The arrival of Antonio Rudiger from Roma means one of the last season’s colossal backline is likely to have to drop to the bench.

With David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta so impressive, it is likely to be the former Bolton man who misses out, as Conte considers his captain the most dispensable.

Cahill has endured a nightmare start to the season, earning a red card on the opening day defeat to Burnley.

It has been an uncharacteristically frustrating summer on the transfer front for Juventus.