Gary Cahill: Arsenal Back In | Chelsea Ruled Out | Spurs Can’t Compete

By on December 11, 2011

Garry Cahill has commanded plenty of column inches on the transfer gossip pages in recent months. The Bolton defender looks certain to move on in January with several Premier League sides credited with interest.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are the three clubs thought to be leading the race with contrasting reports this weekend over their interest. Here’s the latest from the gossip pages on Cahill’s future:

Arsenal back in

Reports this weekend have suggested Arsenal are once again considering a move for Cahill in January. The Gunners failed to land the 26-year-old in the summer after failing to agree a fee with Bolton, and went on to sign Per Mertesacker. Arsene Wenger claimed on Friday he would not be looking to add another centre back to his ranks this winter.

However, the Frenchman is notorious for playing his cards close to his chest and if reports this weekend are to be believed, the Arsenal boss is ready to revive his interest and take advantage of Cahill’s reduced asking price (around £7m).

Chelsea ruled out

Chelsea are widely regarded as favourites to land the talented stopper as they look to replace the transfer listed Alex. However, speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game with Man City, Andre Villas-Boas claimed that although he admires Cahill’s talents, he’s not a player the Blues are interested in:

“He’s a fantastic player because he plays for the English national team, a central defender of high qualities. He had a fantastic year last season for club and country. But he is not a player that we are considering.”

Spurs can’t compete

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has previously confirmed his interest in bringing Cahill to White Hart Lane, but The Mirror suggests that Tottenham have all but ruled themselves out of the race to sign Cahill due to their strict wage structure. Spurs will only be able to pay the defender a maximum of £75k per week, whereas rivals Chelsea could offer double that.

If you take everything at face value, with both Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas ruling themselves out of the race, Tottenham appear to be the new favourites. But i’m sure this particular transfer tale has a few more twists and turns left before its finally settled.

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14 Comments

  1. chris from Cambridge

    December 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    My guess is he will be bought by manure – this January.

    > 1st … take no notice of Managers’ comments. None of them wants to admit they are a buyer or seller.

    > 2nd … Vidic is out for months and the reserves are not good enough. So Ferguson buys Cahill for this season, knowing that Vidic will be back some time in 2012/13 but Ferdinand is near the end anyway.

    > Sadly Arsenal have missed him.

  2. FA

    December 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Cant see United going for him. Even though Vidic is out, he has already said smalling and jones are the future and there is still evans.

    I think chelsea are saying they are not interested but will really go in for him.

    Spurs may not pay over the odds in wages but neither will arsenal

  3. Latest Football News

    December 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Spurs can not offer him 75k per week and you think Arsenal can do it?

    The truth is that we no longer need Cahill which is because we already have Per who is equally good but needs some time to adapt.

    I suspect Cahill will end up at Manchester United. They need him more and I will be surprise if they do not go for him.

  4. audu mutairu

    December 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    it’s a good replacement for alex, andre villa pls go for him

  5. Itopa Okene

    December 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    He ain’t good again compare 2 his perfomance last season, wenger go 4 another dats ready ok.

  6. WOLF

    December 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    In all honesty, I think Cahill has missed his chance. I think the lad’s mind is elsewhere and I think once that happens their dip in form becomes too hard to recover. He’s supposed to be the leader of that defense, yet they’ve conceded 36 goals, sorry but Cahill doesn’t look that nice anymore. Bolton should have taken the money in the summer and strengthen the squad.

    In the end, I think he’s going to either Manchester Utd or Newcastle Utd, since they both are thin at the position.

    P.S. for those who say SAF doesn’t buy in January, both Evra and Vidic were January purchases.

  7. Aussie Jack

    December 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I think the Cahill situation has been over exposed, he`s not that good and ,read in to it what you like, but Bolton are sitting on the bottom of the ladder which is not good for a defender looking to improve himself. I`m sticking with Vertonghen and a prolific striker.

  8. Crimson

    December 12, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I think that Arsenal should move for him but him wanting 75k a week puts me a little off. If he is willing to come in on 50k I think a deal is possible. But knowing Wenger he will probably feel we have enough in that area.

  9. Njen

    December 12, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Cahill is over-rated by the english media. Think, Wenger in his desparate moment refused to pay more than 8m but bid 16m for Jones, AVB does not seem interested, SAF did not bother after letting Brown leave bt went for Jones and Capello has not looked more than twice in his way.
    Cahill, just like Crouch deserves to be in a tough and consistent upper mid-table team like Spurs and Everton, not a struggler like Bolton.

  10. Spuds

    December 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Why would he want to join Spuds who struggle to finish above 7th and got destroyed by a weak Stoke team?

  11. Chinedu

    December 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    It doesn’t mata what he buys in defence,a CB or fullback,what matas is that we keep the defence up 2 standard(as it is now),if we wish 2 challenge for the EPL trophy.But a striker,attacking MF & DM are of uttermost importance

  12. gooner

    December 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I don’t think he’ll end up in a top-6 side. He’s just not good enough. Possibly Newcastle after the injuries to Taylor and Coloccini, or even running down the contract.

    The most likely solution is Newcastle for 6m in January, then ManU for 5m in Jan, then free transfer.

  13. George ibude

    December 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    From my perspective cahill is not a technically gifted player,he is very much like evans and hence fergie has all this while to sign him and wenger also refused to pay over the odds. Lets buy vertoghen instead,podolski and gotze. This can be supplemented by the sale of fringe players like almunia,squillaci,rosicky,arshavin and arshavin

  14. gunneral

    December 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Personally I would get Vertogen

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