Gary Cahill says yes to Chelsea at last
Published 19:31 13/01/12 By Alan Nixon
Gary Cahill is finally on his way to Chelsea in a £7million deal – after 17 days of agonising.
The England centre-half agreed a £23million contract that runs until 2017 and headed south for a medical tonight.
Bolton and Chelsea decided the fee before the transfer window even opened, but it took a trip north by Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay on Thursday and seven hours of talks with the player before he accepted their salary offer.
He had wanted £100,000 a week, and at the start of the month Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas revealed they were a long way apart in their discussions.
But after pulling out all the stops and the intervention of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the offer was raised to £80,000 a week.
Cahill was pulled out of Friday training by Bolton and had the first part of his medical tonight.
It will be concluded in the morning, in time for him to be paraded at Chelsea’s game against Sunderland.
It is a big move for Cahill, who had been fretting over the switch but was assured that he was always Chelsea’s first choice to join their shaky defence.
The Yorkshireman, who will take his chances on not getting a regular game in the build-up to the Euro 2012 finals, is the first piece of a £250m spending spree by Villa-Boas over the next couple of transfer windows.
The move is also a massive for cash-conscious Bolton who could have lost him for nothing in the summer when his contract expired.
Manager Owen Coyle has immediately earmarked a bid for contract-rebel Blackburn forward Junior Hoilett.
Bolton have already inquired for Hoilett – also a target for Tottenham – and, now they can offer cash, will table a bid in the next few days.