Chelsea will sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill before the weekend is out, according to Trotters boss Owen Coyle.
The Stamford Bridge side had already agreed a fee for the England international, but manager Andre Villas-Boas had claimed they were ‘miles apart’ in negotiations over personal details.
However, Coyle does not believe this will be much of a problem and has predicted Cahill will be a Chelsea player soon enough.
“I think there's a chance the deal can be concluded by the end of the week,” said the former Burnley boss.
“That's where we're at but I'm not a party to any continued dialogue between Chelsea and Gary's representative.
“They were respectful of the other night, the fact we had a big game against Everton and that kept Gary focused and he showed his quality by doing that in the game.”
The Scot was talking ahead of his side’s FA Cup tie with Macclesfield on Saturday and confirmed the centre-half would not play – meaning the victory over Everton, where Cahill scored the winner, would be his last game for Bolton.
“Gary Cahill will be one of those to miss out on the game, and it's nothing to do with the continuing speculation regarding Chelsea,” added Coyle.
“He's one of a number of players that probably needs to rest given the amount of games they've played.”
The delay in completing contract talks has lead to recent speculation that other clubs were attempting to highjack the deal.
Both Liverpool and Manchester United were mentioned as possible rivals to Chelsea when it was made public that talks were not going smoothly.
“When there's continued conjecture and everything that goes with it people are always going to throw up names,” concluded the Bolton chief.
“There hasn't been any dialogue between ourselves and Manchester United or anything like that.
“We as a football club agreed a deal with Chelsea Football Club and for me that's binding.
“The only way that will fall down is if the relevant parties don't agree. But my own feeling is I'm pretty sure they can get to a place that they're all happy.”