European giants Barcelona and Juventus are both keen to sign Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill, according to various sources today. The 25-year-old was the subject of failed bids from both Tottenham and Arsenal in the late stages of the summer window, though his desire to leave Bolton is likely to be fulfilled in January, with the club desperate to cash in on the defender before the end of his contract at the end of the season.
Cahill’s performances at Bolton last season earned him a call up to the England national side, and though initial interest was believed to have only come in the form of other Premier League clubs, reports have now suggested that some of Europe’s top teams, and even European champions Barcelona, are now prepared to join a race for Cahill’s services, with an array of bids from across the continent expected in January.
While Cahill was reportedly keen on a move to Arsenal in the summer, the North-London club were unable to match Bolton’s valuation of the defender, and instead brought in both Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos to strengthen their back line. Bolton boss Owen Coyle dismissed Arsenal’s bid, believed to be around £7m, as ‘derisory’ and is likely to hold out for a lot more than this in January, even though the defender will become a free agent at the end of the campaign.
The prospect of playing for the likes of Barcelona or Juventus will turn the heads of most footballers, and while Cahill is likely to prefer a move to one of the top English clubs, it seems somewhat unlikely that the likes of Tottenham or Arsenal will be able to match the valuation that Bolton place on Cahill, or the offers that Barca and Juve may be prepared to make. With talks over a new contract at Bolton unlikely to take place, Coyle and co will be desperate to get the ‘right’ sum for their star man, and while a move away from the Reebok seems inevitable, where Cahill is playing his football next year is anyone’s guess.
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