Stamford Bridge side losing patience with Reebok Stadium defender.
Chelsea are ready to meet Gary Cahill – and demand a straight answer on their £22million contract offer.
The Blues’ manager Andre Villas-Boas and chief executive Ron Gourlay have run out of patience with Bolton’s England centre-half after agreeing a £7million fee with the Trotters a fortnight ago, and want an immediate decision from him.
They had hoped to meet Cahill on Wednesday, but were thwarted.
Club and player will now try to close the deal and finalise terms on a contract running until 2017 in the next 24 hours.
Cahill puzzlingly spoke to Bolton boss Owen Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside on Wednesday, despite being cleared to head to London to seal the transfer.
It has been stressed by Bolton that there are no rival bids from Manchester United or Manchester City for Cahill.
Chelsea will go elsewhere if he does not say ‘yes’ on Thursday.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
What exactly is Gary Cahill hoping for? He will reportedly receive a five and a half year deal that this source believes is worth £22m and yet the Trotters defender feels he is worth more? Now either the Bolton man is a very self confident man or his agent is haggling and that haggling may well lead to Chelsea pulling out of the deal and given that no other side, despite much speculation, has put in an offer is not the greatest tactic to play.
The England international is a very competent, but by no means world-class, defender who is very much in control of his own destiny. The 26 year old has just six months to run on his current Bolton deal so could in theory elect to run down that contract and wait until the summer when no doubt more offers are on the table, however teams are less likely to act in a rash manner when the season is over and could elect to pursue other alternatives.
Owen Coyle may well prefer to hold on to the former Aston Villa man to help boost the Trotters’ chance of survival and that may well be an option that chairman Phil Gartside has to weigh up as well. Clearly the cost of relegation will be far more substantial than the £7m they stand to make from selling the defender this month.