Cahill”s 7m Chelsea switch hits snag over personal terms, says Villas-Boas
Owen Coyle has confirmed Bolton have agreed to sell Gary Cahill to Chelsea but Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed the player is unable to agree personal terms.
The England defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is expected to join Chelsea in January for a fee in the region of 7million.
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Villas-Boas has been keen to bolster his defensive options after telling Alex he can look for a new club.
But the Portuguese boss admitted the club”s move for Cahill could collapse.
“We”re still miles apart regarding agreement with the player,” he said, warning the Blues had alternative targets.
Miles apart: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says Cahill”s move to Stamford Bridge has hit a snag over the player”s personal terms
“We”ll continue to monitor this situation as we continue to monitor others.”
Villas-Boas was confident, however, an agreement would eventually be reached and hailed the qualities Cahillwould bring to Stamford Bridge.
“Gary has been this season involved in a fighting struggle with Bolton and a fight for position in the league,” he said.
“I think his technical attributes are immense. His pace is fantastic as well.
“There are weaknesses and they are also related to the collective weaknesses of Bolton.
“He”s a player that at international level has been playing well.
“He can add to this squad or any squad in the Premier League.”
Speaking ahead of Saturday”s clash with Wolves, Coyle said: “The situation is that the clubs, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea, have at this moment in time agreed a fee for Gary(Cahill).
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“Now it is up to Gary”s representatives to speak to Chelsea.
“From our part, I”ve said to Gary that this is why he has representatives and that his focus is on football and football only.
“Gary”s mind will on making sure thathe is ready to give a big performance for Bolton Wanderers against Wolves. He has to be ready to give everything, as he always is.”
If Cahill, who joined Bolton in 2008 from Aston Villa, is to leave Wanderers in the next few days, Coyle will view it as a blessing that the move is occurring early in the January transfer window, giving him a chance to reinvest the money in new players.
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The Trotters are currently 19th in the table and with Cahill departing, it would seem imperative that the squad – which has been blighted by injuries – is strengthened over the coming weeks if they are to avoid relegation.
Bolton are expected to move for New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, who recently spent some time training with them, although Coyle would not be drawn at this point on the specific identity of any targets.
Villas-Boas, meanwhile, revealed midfielder Josh McEachran would not be joining Bolton on loan but could move to another club.