Stamford Bridge boss keen on England international.
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted Chelsea’s interest in Gary Cahill, confirming MirrorFootball’s story that the club were preparing a £7m bid.
The Bolton defender, who turned 26 on Monday, is out of contract in the summer and the January transfer window is the last chance for struggling Wanderers to cash in on one of their prize assets.
Villas-Boas said: “We are aware of Gary’s contractual situation.
“He’s an interesting player for the club.”
Chelsea are short of cover in central defence, with Alex having been banished from the first-team squad after handing in a transfer request.
Villas-Boas added: “You know that we have taken a decision this season regarding the central defenders, regarding Alex.
“We haven’t decided yet what we are going to do with the Alex situation.
“We have to make the wisest decision, be it Alex, be it Cahill.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Given that captain John Terry could find himself banned as a result of the alleged racist incident at Loftus Road earlier in the season, a move to sign Gary Cahill seems even more pressing. The West London side were already strongly linked with the Bolton man, who is out of contract in the summer, and now Andre Villas-Boas is admitting the Blues will make an offer for the England international.
Though Bolton have not impressed this season it seems that a number of prospective suitors are still keen on Cahill and Owen Coyle and Trotters chairman Phil Gartside have dropped many hints that they do not feel they have much hope of getting the 26 year old to sign a new deal and therefore the Reebok Stadium side seem set to cash in on the former Aston Villa man rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.
Chelsea have managed to keep just four clean sheets in their first 16 Premier League fixtures and with Alex set to be sold and David Luiz displaying inconsistent form and Branislav Ivanovic seemingly being more adept at full back a move to sign Cahill makes a great deal of sense.