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Leeds United: Whites offered opportunity to sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

Leeds United: Whites offered opportunity to sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

Having already secured the services of Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Rafa Mujica, Ben White and Liam McCarron for next season, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has now been offered the chance to sign Gary Cahill.

According to Football Insider, intermediaries associated with the defender have reportedly told the Argentine that the former England international is open to a move to Elland Road and is seeking the minimum of a two-year contract.

Released by Chelsea last month (via football.london), Cahill is currently a free agent and has recently been linked with a move to former side Aston Villa (via The Telegraph).

Given that both Pontus Jansson and Aapo Halme have left Leeds this summer, it could be argued that Bielsa is in need of a new central defender.

Although Cahill only featured on eight occasions for Chelsea last season (via WhoScored), the fact that he has made 349 appearances at Premier League level during his career (via Transfermarkt) illustrates that he is a proven performer at this level and thus he shouldn’t be fazed by the drop down to the Championship.

Furthermore, when you factor in the defender’s achievements with the Blues (eight major trophies, as per Transfermarkt) during his stint at Stamford Bridge, he could bring a fantastic mentality with him to West Yorkshire as he knows exactly what it takes to get over the winning line.

However, in order to agree terms with the 33-year-old, Leeds may have to pay a considerable amount of money in terms of wages.

According to Spotrac, Cahill was earning a £100,000-per-week salary at Chelsea, a figure which the Whites may struggle to stump up. Therefore, unless the former Bolton Wanderers ace is willing to take a pay-cut, Bielsa may find it difficult to bring the ex-England player to Elland Road.

Leeds fans, should Bielsa bring in Cahill this summer? Join the discussion by commenting below.

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