EXCLUSIVE: Wenger set to return with improved Cahill bid
Published 23:00 27/08/11 By Steve Stammers
Arsenal will this week land Bolton star Gary Cahill – despite the ill-feeling between the clubs.
The Gunners will go in with a fresh £12million bid which could rise to around£15m with any international and club honours won by Cahill over the course of a five-year contract.
And the indications are that Cahill will be an Arsenal player before the transfer window closes as Wenger is determined to bolster his defence with a player of proven Premier League experience.
The bad blood between the clubs spilled over on Friday when Trotters chairman Phil Garside retweeted a fan’s message: “Are you taking the p***?” £6m for Gary Cahill – f*** right off!”
Gartside later deleted the post, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger responded by saying the offer was more.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are on the brink of landing long-time target Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila for £10m.
Rennes are reluctant to release the 21-year-old, who has made a huge impact in France, but the lure of playing for Wenger may be too strong.
But one position that does not need to be filled is goalkeeper after Wojciech Szczesny’s emergence as a class performer this season
There was a clamour for Wenger to bring a new man, but he had faith in the 19-year-old Pole – and feels he has been vindicated.
Wenger said: “We care about opinions, but at the end of the day you must make decisions.”