Hold up Transfer Tavern fans Arsene Wenger is about to break all principles this summer. Frustrated at another season of failure, with no trophies and watching the Premier League title slip from their grasp, Wenger is set to spend big and the first target is Gary Cahill.
The Bolton centre back has had another fine season, which has seen Bolton reach the FA Cup semi final and the opportunity to gain a Europa League place should they reach the Final. The 25 year old also received an England cap in October, coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria.
Cahill is now easily one of Bolton’s most prized assets and his employers rate at him approximately £15million but would probably ask for around £20 million to sell. While Wenger prefers to buy youth over experience he is prepared to finally adapt his philosophy and purchase a tried and tested Premiership centre back.
Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou have had mixed fortunes this season and Arsenal’s best centre back Thomas Vermaelen has missed the whole season through injury. Arsenal have continually suffered from the Belgian’s absence and can also point to the fact they haven’t been able to keep the same back four for a succession of games.
The Arsenal boss reportedly found the £15million price tag for Cahill too high but is having second thoughts as suitors such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have emerged. There is no doubt Cahill would relish a move to one of the “Top Four” clubs as he seeks to further his career and make himself an England team regular.
Arsenal’s dim hopes of a Premier League title are fading away fast and should the London club go another season without a trophy Wenger will seriously have to question his ways. The start should be to sign Cahill and a world class goalkeeper. Only time will tell whether his arrogance gets the better of him once again.