Gary Cahill is on the verge of leaving Bolton Wanderers and though Arsenal were believed to have been most interested in signing the centre back, reports today suggest that Liverpool have now joined the race to capture the 25-year-old before the closing of the transfer window.
While Liverpool have been busy throughout the summer window bringing in the likes of Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, and Jose Enrique, Arsenal have allowed Cesc Fabregas to join Barcelona and look set to lose Samir Nasri to Manchester City over the coming days. These transfers will inevitably provide the funds for Arsene Wenger to go and spend in the remaining weeks of the transfer window, and Cahill is valued at around £17m, a figure Wenger had initially considered to be too high.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has seized the opportunity to strengthen his squad significantly over the summer period, and has made additions in almost every position since taking over in January. In fact, the only position Dalglish is yet to improve is the centre of his defence, and Gary Cahill’s impressive season last year is believed to have caught the attention of the Liverpool boss.
Owen Coyle appears to be somewhat resigned to losing one of his star players, and though he admits that losing Cahill “would not be ideal”, the Bolton boss understands the attraction of playing at the top level, and with “the best teams”, is something that his side cannot compete with.
With substantial funds coming in through the sale of Cesc Fabregas and (potentially) Samir Nasri, Arsenal would appear favourites to meet Bolton’s valuation of around £17m, however, with Wenger notoriously reluctant to spend ‘big’ in the market, Liverpool certainly have an opportunity to persuade Cahill that a move to Anfield would be the better decision.
Arsenal’s back four have come under heavy criticism in the past, and should they lose Nasri as well as Fabregas then further questions are bound to be raised over the capabilities of this Arsenal side. Either Liverpool or the Gunners have been tipped to miss out on fourth place this season, and the signing of Gary Cahill could prove crucial to either side in the pursuit of European football next season.
Wenger will be wary of being dragged in to a bidding war with Liverpool, but will need to prove his side have what it takes to finish in the top four without the likes of Fabregas and Nasri, if a move to the Emirates is going to appeal to Cahill, and others.
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