The Cottagers succumbed to a 4 – 1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal earlier today and currently hold the worst defensive record in the top flight. The Gunners took Fulham’s total to 47 goals conceded in just 21 games as their London rivals slipped to 19th in the table.
Thirty-three-year-old Cahill is set to leave Stamford Bridge in 2019 with Italian coach Maurizio Sarri making it clear the former England man is no longer part of his plans. So far, Cahill has featured just once for the Blues this season.
By coincidence, Arsenal are also strongly linked with a move for the centre-back. However, Unai Emery was at pains to point out during his post-match press conference that the club had not discussed a move for Cahill during the January transfer window.
Ranieri is troubled by his side’s defence with the West Londoners keeping just two clean sheets so far this campaign. After a sojourn into the FA Cup at home to Oldham Athletic, Fulham travel to fellow Premier League strugglers Burnley; the Italian is keen to begin resolving his defensive problems as quickly as possible.