It would be a fantastic move, wouldn’t it? Gary Cahill will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, having been with the Blues for a seven-year period. At just 33, he will be looking for a new contract elsewhere and Dean Smith should make him a priority signing, whether they gain promotion or not.
Cahill truly established himself at Chelsea and on top form, as one of the most complete centre-backs in England during a spell in which he won the Champions League, two Premier League’s, the Europa League, two FA Cups and the League Cup.
Having played four Europa League group games, two EFL Cup games and just 22 minutes of Premier League football under Maurizio Sarri, it seems the time is right to move on given that he is evidently not in his plans.
The former England international was given a fantastic send-off by the Chelsea fans and teammates after their final home game of the season, a 3-0 win against Watford, whereby he came on for the final minute.
As his next club is sure to be announced in the not too distant future it seems Villa are the clear favourites, as reported by the BirminghamMail. Indeed, the same outlet also linked the club with a move for their former man back in January.
Smith needs to ensure that this deal is completed as he would be the ideal addition for Villa. Having had a four-year spell at Villa Park previously, which included loans to Burnley and Sheffield United, he understands what the club is all about and what it means to play for the Villa faithful.
Besides his unquestionable ability in duels, reading of the game and ability on the ball, he will also have the wise winning mentality that is needed in a youthful squad like Villa’s.
Given that three of the centre-back options are just on loan, Villa need to replace the depth and quality that will depart, even if they can secure one of them on a permanent deal, and a move for Cahill would certainly do that.
Cahill’s experience would be key in attempting to secure Premier League safety or push for promotion next season, dependant on the outcome of the play-offs. Regardless of either outcome though, his addition is would be another step in the right direction for Villa and one they must take.
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