Chelsea not certain to sign Gary Cahill from Bolton
Owen Coyle was surprised that a top Premier League club didn’t come in for Gary Cahill during the August transfer window, although the England defender is clearly in the sights of Chelsea.
December 30th, 2011
Talks have opened regarding the transfer of Cahill from the Reebok Stadium to Stamford Bridge, although it appears as though the 26-year-old’s wage demands could yet scupper the deal.
While Chelsea are prepared to boost the player’s salary pretty substantially, Andre Villas-Boas disclosed that the two parties are still quite far apart when it comes to numbers.
“We’re still miles apart regarding agreement with the player,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor this situation as we continue to monitor the other targets for this position.
“I think we can sort it out – it should be no problem.
“It’s in my chief executive’s hands at the moment. It’s an ongoing conversation.
“We’ll have to wait for the best outcome. The best outcome for us is for the player to join us.”
The fact that the Chelsea manager has made a public statement puts a little pressure on the Cahill camp to accept a lower wage, with Villas-Boas clearly a fan of the player.
He said: “I think his technical attributes are immense. His pace is fantastic as well.
“There are weaknesses. But they’re also related to the collective organisation of Bolton.
“He’s a player who has been playing magnificently well at international level, normally alongside John Terry, and he can add to this squad or any squad in the Premier League. He can make this jump.”