Chelsea remain confident of sealing a deal for Gary Cahill despite negotiations with the Bolton defender hitting a stumbling block.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas on Friday revealed the parties were "miles apart" in their negotiations over personal terms after a £7million fee was agreed with Wanderers. Villas-Boas would not go into details about the impasse with Cahill - although one issue is understood to be the player's salary - or whether Chelsea had made a take-it-or-leave-it offer.

The Portuguese was nevertheless hopeful of a positive outcome, saying: "I think we can sort it out - it should be no problem. It's in my chief executive's hands at the moment. It's an ongoing conversation."

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