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AC Milan to make Gary Cahill offer amid defensive injury crisis — report

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill would be allowed to leave in January, six months before his contract expires

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AC Milan may be experiencing a bit of a long-overdue resurgence with just three losses and fifth place in the league thus far, but their task to keep winning is getting increasingly tougher as key players keep getting injured.

Dealing with crucial absences in midfield already, with Lucas Biglia out for a few more months with a calf injury and Giacomo Bonaventura lost for the season with a knee ligament injury, center backs Mattia Caldara and Mateo Musacchio out until early 2019, and now best player Alessio Romagnoli out for at least a month as well, Milan are growing desperate for reinforcements.

They may be getting back veteran full back Ivan Strinic soon, but their only true central defender is 32-year-old Cristian Zapata, who’s never been able to hold down the starting job in his seven seasons at the San Siro. In fact, it’s gotten so bad, that it’s been suggested that Chelsea loanee Tiémoué Bakayoko may have to play either in a two-man or three-man setup (with Ricardo Rodriguez dropping in as left-center back).

So a report from Corriere dello Sport of Milan looking for defensive help in January is treading on safe ground, though their suggested solution of a Gary Cahill loan sounds a bit far-fetched.

This does however fit with recent reports that Cahill would be allowed to leave in January, should be choose to do so, six months before the end of his contract — a move not all that dissimilar from Branislav Ivanović's final days at Chelsea (he was released six months early as well to join Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2017). Cahill’s never played outside of England, but just like former Chelsea Old Guard-ians Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba, he could surely make plenty of positive contributions in a globe-trotting final act.