According to Turkish news outlet Footmac, as cited by Football.London, Tim Cahill has been granted permission to talk to Turkish club Galatasaray by the Chelsea hierarchy. The player has reportedly fallen down the pecking order under new manager Maurizio Sarri and has not been picked by the Italian for any of the matches the Blues have played so far this season.
The player had been one of the mainstays under Antonio Conte as he regularly featured in the heart of the Chelsea defence. After the departure of John Terry, the Englishman was also handed the captain’s armband for a brief period of time. However, he failed to show his class consistently, which has been detrimental for his career and now it seems his time at the west London club is over.
As per the report, Galatasaray’s president has already met with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia in order to push through a deal for the 32-year-old English defender. The player was not included in the England squad for the World Cup as well given his average form in the last two terms in the Premier League.
The player looks set to be excluded from the Chelsea squad for the forthcoming matches as well as the Blues have already won their first three encounters in the Premier League this season. Sarri has opted for the hugely experienced David Luiz to be part of his four-man backline in all of the fixtures so far, who had fallen down the pecking order under former manager Antonio Conte and had featured in only nine matches last season.
The move might see the player leave Stamford Bridge this summer with just one year left on his Chelsea contract.