The same article states that Seri is a long-term £30m target for the 2017 Premier League champions but the Blues face competition from the Premier League and La Liga.
However, Conte has claimed that the 32-year-old deserves a place in the side and can only have a positive influence on the rest of the group.
Cahill, who succeeded John Terry as club captain, has endured a troubled season. He's in good physical condition.More news: Seattle Seahawks draft Shaquem Griffin, linebacker with one hand
'I know when you have to go to play a World Cup or European Championship, it's important to have players with great experience because the pressure will become very strong for everyone. It wasn't simple to make this type of substitution with John Terry because we are talking about a great leader. Having started regularly when available for the Three Lions' qualifying matches, after the turn of the year Cahill was deselected by national team manager Gareth Southgate for friendlies with Netherlands and Italy. We are talking about an important player with great experience. "I think he deserves this". "The only way for us to have a hope of a place in the Champions League is to take three points from every game".
Former Ghana global Essien spent the best part of nine years at Chelsea between 2005 and 2014, winning two Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012. Luiz has played just 17 times this season having been dropped for Andreas Christensen, while he has also struggled with injury and needed regular treatment for a recurring knee problem.