Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Gary Cahill with added vigour during the January transfer window.
Sources close to the club have told some of the authors of Straight Talking Gooners that Arsenal will try again to sign the English defender.
In addition, Bolton manager Owen Coyle has said the following:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they [Arsenal] came back [with another bid].
“Arsene has always said he is an admirer of Gary Cahill. But the clubs never agreed a fee.
“Gary has nothing to prove. He is a top performer, who is set for a glittering career.”
In the summer, Coyle described Arsenal’s bid as “derisory” and reports emerged that Arsenal bid £6 million for the player. Wenger later announced that these rumours were false. He implied that the offer was higher and that the club had deemed it the correct amount for a player of Cahill’s skill and given that he had just one year left on his Bolton contract.
What surprises me is that Arsenal would want to buy a player that could come on a free only a few months later. Sure, we have defensive frailties, and Cahill could help rectify that problem. But is it worth splashing the cash in January when we can have him for nothing in June?
If Arsenal wanted to buy him, he should have been purchased in the summer that has just passed.
I reckon that Cahill would still sign for Arsenal next summer, even though he may have many clubs vying for his talents, given that his contract runs out. From what I’ve heard, Gary really wants to play for Arsenal – it’s not necessarily all about money for him.
Cahill has previously mentioned that he wants to play at the top level:
“As a professional footballer in general you want to strive and be the best you can and try to get to the highest level you can.”
He went on to state that European football is the top level that he wants to be at. However, should Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, this could prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations.