Bolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Gary Cahill may indeed be sold after all, with Arsenal and Manchester City favourites to land the star.
"There's a lot of ifs and buts and Gary Cahill is one of those," Coyle told Sky Sports News.
"If there was business to be done with Gary, it might free up some cash.
"But as I've shown wherever I've been, we've always had to work under tight, financial restraints. That certainly hasn't done us any harm.
"But, equally, there comes a time as a manager when you want some help and finance might have to be made available.
"Time will tell but whatever I've got I'll make the best of, as we've always done."
Arsenal have been chasing the England international for quite some time, with Arsene Wenger reportedly taking a personal liking to Cahill’s style of defence.
Manchester City were also interested in adding the star to their make up, as they look to challenge for trophies next season. City reportedly think they have the march on Arsenal with their higher transfer budget.
Coyle admitted that it isn’t up to him whether or not Cahill stays at Bolton.
"Ultimately that wouldn't be my decision,” the manager said.
"I would love him to stay and I totally understand you asking the question. He's a fantastic player for the football club.
"I'm not out there saying I want Gary Cahill to go. All I'm saying is if he is going to go, it'd have to be the right business for the football club. That's very important."
Arsenal and Manchester City will no doubt be boosted by the comments as they continue to pursue the star.