Former Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Chelsea defender Gary Cahill nearly joined Manchester City for £17.5 million in the summer of 2011.
Cahill then joined Chelsea six months later for just £7 million and has gone on to win the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League since his transfer in January 2012.
According to Coyle, the Premier League champions offered £17.5 million plus Dedryck Boyata who is still at the club. The news will come as a blow to City fans after Cahill’s performances since joining the London club have been superb and is now an England regular.
With City set to face Bayern Munich tomorrow night in a must win Champions League fixture if they are to qualify from the group stage, they might just wish that they had signed Cahill, nearly three years ago. With both Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis both under performing this campaign and with captain Vincent Kompany’s fitness being questioned following his injury.
Coyle, told Sky Sports News that he would have suited Manchester City’s style of play, quoted by the Daily Mail saying: “He has everything, in terms of skills as a footballer, he has pace, power, he has two great feet and he weighs in with goals as well.
“The summer before he moved to Chelsea, Manchester City came in and offered £17m and a player. That was going to be a huge deal. Obviously, something happened, so he stayed on at Bolton and it never materialised.
“Come the following January in 2012, when it was Chelsea who came in, it was the right thing for him, no doubt. They absolutely got a bargain at £7m. We were at the wrong end of the table and caught up in a battle, but I’d always said we would do right by him and give him his chance.”