Manchester United could be lying in wait as Gary Cahill’s move to Chelsea has stalled.
The Stamford Bridge club were expected to tie up the signing of the England international last weekend, but The Mirror are reporting that a disagreement over pay has put the move in doubt.
Andre Villas-Boas was keen to push through the deal early in the transfer window to cover injuries in his back line.
Now Old Trafford chief Sir Alex Ferguson could be ready to pounce as Chelsea are reportedly beginning to lose patience with Cahill’s continued indecision.
It is thought that the Blues have now given the player an ultimatum to sign on Thursday or they will look elsewhere.
Villas-Boas originally said the two parties were ‘miles apart’ in what they thought was a suitable salary, but a compromised appeared to have been reached.
Manchester United have been previously credited with an interest in Cahill recently and the season-ending injury to Nemanja Vidic could mean they are in the market for a defensive recruit.
Bolton are also believed to be sweating over the deal as the more protracted the transfer becomes, the harder it will be for manager Owen Coyle to find a suitable replacement.
The Trotters will be feeling edgy, as the money from Cahill’s switch has already been earmarked for new recruits and they do not want to lose him for nothing when his contract expires in the summer.