Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains he is unlikely to swoop for Bolton defender Gary Cahill in January.
The Gunners have long tracked the 25-year-old England international, who won his seventh cap in the 1-0 friendly win over Sweden at Wembley, and tried to bring him to Emirates Stadium during the summer.
Wenger, however, insists the Gunners are not contemplating renewed interested, having brought in German international Per Mertesacker, and said: "Cahill is good enough to play Champions League, but he is not someone I would be interested in.
"I have got five central defenders - [Laurent] Koscielny, [Sebastien] Squillaci, Mertesacker, [Thomas] Vermaelen and [Johan] Djourou. Of this five, four are international players.
"We were in the market in the summer, but at that time they [Bolton] were greedy."
This would appear to pave the way for Chelsea to make their own move for Cahill, and reports in recent weeks have suggested Andre Villas-Boas is keen on the centre-back.
It has been claimed the Blues boss wants to pair Cahill with John Terry, having been impressed by their understanding when playing alongside each other on England duty.
Meanwhile, Tottenham also tried to sign Cahill during the summer, and Harry Redknapp is thought to retain interest in the former Aston Villa man.