Stamford Bridge said to have completed signing of Reebok Stadium defender.
England international Gary Cahill is set to leave Bolton Wanderers in January, with Chelsea having reached agreement with the Lancashire club on a £7 million fee which will take the defender to Stamford Bridge.
Multiple sources have confirmed to FOX Soccer that an agreement is in place, with club and player having also agreed to personal terms.
Cahill’s move will end a three-season run at Bolton that has seen the former Aston Villa-man make 127 league appearances for the club. However, with Cahill in the last year contract, a departure from the Reebok had been expected, with the 26-year-old linked to Tottenham, Arsenal as well as Inter Milan and Barcelona.
For Chelsea, Cahill’s addition will help reinforce thinning central defense. Branislav Ivanovic was forced from Thursday’s game at Tottenham with a muscle injury, while David Luiz (injury) and Alex (transfer request accepted) were not dressed for the game, forcing 34-year-old Paulo Ferreira to make his first appearance of the season.
SOURCE: Fox Sports
Whilst it’s true that Bolton have struggled at the back this season it is also true that on his day Gary Cahill is a very committed, determined and dependable centre back and the England international has been seemingly on his way out at the Reebok Stadium for some time and with the 26 year old’s Trotters contract nearing it’s conclusion in the summer Bolton has to decide whether to lose the former Aston Villa man for nothing in the summer or look to cash in on his services in January.
Chelsea have struggled at the back at times this season with John Terry making uncharacteristic mistakes and David Luiz more doing so more frequently. Brazilian defender Alex has asked to leave the club and Branislav Ivanovic arguably works better at full back leaving Andre Villas-Boas keen to reinforce his defensive options.
Chelsea have kept just four clean sheets in Premier League action thus far this season.