Many thought that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini would go to Old Trafford this weekend to watch their FA Cup Semi Final opponents, however ‘Bobby Manc’ instead chose to watch Bolton in action against West Ham.
Mancini was accompanied by David Platt, and one of his head scouts to watch England defender Gary Cahill, with a view to a possible Summer swoop for the player.
Our friends at the Mirror bring us reports that the Eastlands club may have jumped ahead of other competition to sign the 25 year old. It is believed that the defender is keen to stay in the North West which makes City a very attractive proposition.
Vincent Kompany has been a top performer for City so far this season, and whilst in recent weeks Joleon Lescott has really improved there are still doubts from certain areas, coupled with the threat of a ban hanging over the head of Kolo Toure, Mancini could be tempted to move for a centreback this Summer.
Interest in Cahill has been strong, he has been linked with numerous clubs and it seemed to be Arsenal that were leading the race for his signature, but now that may not necessarily be the case. Tottenham have also shown interest, as have Manchester United and Liverpool.
Bolton reportedly want £20million for the defender which is a figure that might price some clubs out of the market, it is certainly however within the budget of City and the Mirror also reckon that the Eastlands club might use Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of the deal to further encourage the Trotters to sell.
Cahill is clearly a fine defender and I think he could form a good partnership with Kompany at City, however it seems a shame since the up turn in form of Joleon Lescott could all be for nothing should this one come to fruition. I would still have thought that Arsenal would be the best destination for the player, but whether they are willing to pay the required £20million remains to be seen, in the past Wenger has never been overly keen on spending such a large sum and he may again baulk at the figure.
Bolton are a club on the up, but whether they can hang onto their prized defender this Summer remains to be seen. The money may be difficult to turn down and should the club have their wish they would probably ideally want to sell to Mancini since City will be willing to offer them the most money for the player, whatever happens however, this one is worth keeping an eye on.
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