Gary Cahill is on Barcelona’s hit list for January, the Daily Mail claims, with the Catalan club hoping to steal the march on Arsenal and pick up the defender in the next transfer window.
Cahill has starred for Bolton since signing with the club in 2008, and has attracted attention from numerous sides in Europe as a result.
Arsenal and Tottenham in particular were said to be chasing Cahill, but Arsenal were front runners, with Arsene Wenger admitting to making a failed bid of around £10 million for the 25-year-old.
Bolton have taken a risk by insisting that they keep Cahill, with his contract ending next summer. January will no doubt be a big window for the England international, with Arsenal possibly coming back into the mix and Barcelona also showing interest.
Despite a rampant performance on the weekend where Barca defeated Osasnua 8-0, Pep Guardiola wants to build on his defence to improve that side’s set pieces.
While Cahill has a £17 million buyout clause in his contract, Barcelona are confident that they will land him for cheaper with his deal running out, and that they can outbid Arsenal in the process.