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Chelsea Complete £30m Defender Signing: Bolton Centre Back Gary Cahill Signs £80k a Week Deal

Trotters centre back moves to Stamford Bridge.

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Gary Cahill is finally on his way to Chelsea in a £7million deal – after 17 days of agonising.

The England centre-half agreed a £23million contract that runs until 2017 and headed south for a medical tonight.

Bolton and Chelsea decided the fee before the transfer window even opened, but it took a trip north by Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay on Thursday and seven hours of talks with the player before he accepted their salary offer.

He had wanted £100,000 a week, and at the start of the month Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas revealed they were a long way apart in their discussions.

But after pulling out all the stops and the intervention of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the offer was raised to £80,000 a week.

Cahill was pulled out of Friday training by Bolton and had the first part of his medical tonight.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Whilst Gary Cahill is a very capable, but by no means spectacular, signing and a defender who may well help to steady the ship at the back, if he really worth forking out £30m for? This deal sums up quite neatly the suggestion that ‘Buying English’ can cost a lot of money.

With John Terry getting on in years, Alex demanding a move away from Stamford Bridge and David Luiz being a little Jekyll & Hyde with his performances, Andre Villas-Boas did need to dip into the transfer market to bring in reinforcements but some will baulk at the lengthy, and expensive, contract handed to the England international.

The 26 year old former Aston Villa man is usually a dependable defender but given that Bolton have conceded more goals than any Premier League side perhaps spending such a large amount of money to sign a Trotters centre back may prove to be a costly mistake?

Also one wonders if Cahill will push Luiz for a starting spot or is the Bolton man set for a spot on the Blues bench, which will hardly help his cause when it comes to a spot in Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 squad.

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