Aston Villa are reportedly the favourites to sign out-of-favour Chelsea veteran Gary Cahill, according to a report published by the Birmingham Mail. 

The experienced defender is now clearly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and is set to leave the Blues this summer and link up with another club.

Cahill was given a loud send-off and did a lap of honour after coming on as a substitute during the Blues’ 3-0 win against Watford on Sunday. This happened to be just his second Premier League game of the season.

Cahill may be 33 and past his prime but he is still good enough to play Premier League football for at least another season or two, with Villa potentially an ideal destination.

He was getting regular first team action at Stamford Bridge as recently as last season but appears to just not fit into the style of play used by Maurizio Sarri.

A return to Villa could be tempting to the former England international. The Midlands club was were he started his professional career.

After starting his professional career with the Villans, Cahill was actually not able to establish himself within their first team and ended up moving to Bolton Wanderers in 2008.

It was at this club were he ended up showing glimpses of quality before earning himself a move to the Blues back in 2012.

The former Villa man may feel that he has some unfinished business at his boyhood club.

Dean Smith’s side are in contention to win promotion to the Premier League next season via the promotion playoffs.

If Villa do win a place in the top-flight, the experience and leadership of Cahill would be useful.

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