The Daily Mail claims that Liverpool have been ‘strongly linked’ to Gary Cahill, with the side facing the possibility of a bidding war with Arsenal over the defender’s signature.
Owen Coyle insists that no formal bids have been made yet for Cahill, though the manager acknowledges that all it will take is a phone call for the defender to be open to a deal.
“I think it is well known the belief I have in Gary Cahill, the quality he has, but that's the nature of football,” Coyle said.
“It only takes a phone call for it to all change but I have said to him he is a Bolton Wanderers player, he is well paid by Bolton Wanderers and he has to make sure he is focused to do the job in hand until something was to change.
“He is such an outstanding player that we are very fortunate to have him. I know there is interest from other clubs, nothing concrete in terms of offers, but all these elite clubs know he is an outstanding player so we will have to wait and see what happens with that.”
Arsenal have long been connected to Cahill, with Arsene Wenger taking a liking to the defender’s style of play. And with Arsenal on the lookout to build on their defensive line up for next season, the 25-year-old is no doubt in Wenger’s plans for the summer transfer window.
Liverpool are a more recent connection to Cahill, and particularly after the star scored in Blackburn’s 2-0 friendly win over Bury on Wednesday night, the Merseyside club are looking very closely at Cahill and assessing whether his purchase will contribute significantly to the Liverpool line up.
And after signing fellow Englishmen Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, Cahill fits in with Liverpool’s intention this summer to sign a group of present and future England stars.
But Arsenal shouldn’t be discounted from the equation just yet, with the side able to offer Champions League football – a feat which Liverpool won’t be able to do for at least another season.
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