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Arsenal interested in Gary Cahill after Bolton raise prospect of sale
Bolton Wanderers’ decision to put Gary Cahill on the transfer market has opened the door to a formal bid from Arsenal. Arsène Wenger has been monitoring Cahill’s impressive recent progress and despite spending £13m on two centre-halves during the summer some at the club doubt that the defence is sufficiently robust.
“If a Champions League team knocks on our door in January that’s the best time to sell an asset because Champions League teams will pay the money,” Bolton’s chairman, Phil Gartside, told Bloomberg.
Cahill would add more physical presence to an Arsenal backline that has missed the ruggedness of the injured Thomas Vermaelen in recent weeks. Cahill would not be cup-tied in European competition and Premier League squad limits have also placed a strong accent on Englishness, meaning the 24-year-old’s nationality is an added benefit.
Bolton are looking for £15m, which Arsenal may consider excessive, for a player who won his first international cap against Bulgaria in September as a second-half substitute. (Guardian)
Arsene Wenger has reportedly been looking for more defensive options and has apparently been monitoring Bolton centre back Gary Cahill for some time and now that Chairman Phil Gartside has admitted he is looking to sell a player or two to cover debts of around £93m a sale looks a distinct possibility with a move to the Emirates looking more and more likely.
Arsenal have kept just three clean sheets in 11 Premier League games and have conceded more than twice as many goals as Premier League champions Chelsea. Whilst a move for Cahill may seem a bit pricey it is worth noting that Wenger has been reported as having offered even more for Everton defender Phil Jagielka in the summer.