Chelsea are reportedly planning to offload defender Gary Cahill in January, but have to be extremely careful that his exit doesn’t backfire on them.

According to ESPN, the Blues are prepared to offload the 32-year-old in the New Year on loan for the rest of the season and his contract will expire in the summer.

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The report details that Arsenal are interested in snapping up the centre-back, but Maurizio Sarri’s side would be foolish to grant him a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal need a new centre-back to deal with the loss of mainstay Rob Holding and Cahill would be a brilliant option for them.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League table and only ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, with the race for the Champions League spots extremely close.

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It would be moronic to strengthen a direct rival by lending them the Chelsea captain, as he’s shown this year he’s still a top player in Europe and could help Arsenal’s backline.

Unai Emery’s impact at the Gunners has brought them back into the mix for the top four places and Chelsea can’t afford to give them any help this season.

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The Blues can afford to cope with the loss of Cahill just about if they are prepared to invest in more game time for Ethan Ampadu and Andreas Christensen, but handing Arsenal a boost would be unthinkable.