Emirates boss leads chase for up and coming England hopeful.
GARY Cahill has admitted for the first time that he would leave the Reebok this summer if the right offer came along.
A string of top clubs are said to be monitoring the 24-year-old defender, who still harbours hope of making England’s squad for this summer’s World Cup.
And while he promised that he would not seek to engineer a move away from the club who took him from Aston Villa as an untested Premier League player, he accepts it would be difficult to turn down a chance to further his ambitions.
“If a big team wanted me to come and play for them, then you have got to be realistic and look at the fact it may be a right decision for both sides,” he said.
“I’m not saying for one minute I want to leave the club. I have loved my time here and the club has done brilliantly for me.
“I love all the staff and the players. But every player is ambitious and if a chance came to play for a top four team then I am sure, like most players, you would take it with both hands.”
Owen Coyle stoked the fires of speculation this week by saying he would not stand in Cahill’s way if a top club were willing to pay the right price for his defensive talisman.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with his signature since January, although a blood clot that caused the centre-half to miss 11 games in the New Year has checked his progress in the meantime. (Bolton News)
Arsenal reportedly lead the chase for the 24 year old former Aston Villa man Gary Cahill and news that the player himself is not exactly distancing himself from such a move will make Arsene Wenger hopeful of being able to capture the £18m rated centre back.
Given the way the north London side have struggled to exert their usual brand of defensive solidity and added into the mix the aging defenders that the Gunners have among their usual youthful squad and suddenly a move for the determined battler seems to make a great deal of sense.
The north London side is also trying to add more British talent to his starting line up ahead of the ‘homegrown’ ruling set to come into force in the Premier League next season and a move for Cahill appears to be a very wise one.
The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are also circling the Sheffield born defender but he may well feel he will get a better crack of the whip at the Emirates given the very real possibility that William Gallas, Mikel Silvestre and Sol Campbell will all leave in the summer and are all very much in the autumn of their careers.
Wenger may feel that a Vermalen and Cahill pairing would suit his side best for the coming season and the Arsenal boss has been promised significant funds in the summer to rebuild a squad that has failed to win any silverware in an unprecedented five seasons in a row.