Liverpool, United and Arsenal in three-way battle for £20m rated defender

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Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill has commanded no end of column inches over the past few months, linking him with a move away from the Reebok Stadium this summer.

And after an impressive performance on his full international debut for England against Ghana at Wembley on Tuesday night, Cahill will have put himself well and truly in the shop window again for an increasing number of potential suitors.

Cahill has been consistently linked with a move to Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger rumoured to have been considering a January move for the £20million rated 25-year-old.

As the Gunners look to bolster their defence by bringing the former Aston Villa man to the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window reopens in June, former Arsenal star Martin Keown heaped praise on the exciting talent saying:

"Gary Cahill should be walking on air heading back to Bolton Wanderers.

"Against Ghana he showed he's comfortable on the ball, he can change direction quickly and that he has got a good awareness of the defensive line."


Keown backed Arsenal's reported interest in a player who could be the answer to a long-standing problem position for the Gunners, but is cautious of competition for Cahill’s signature from other rivals.

"Bolton paid Aston Villa £5million for him in 2008 and back then some thought they had paid too much. But it looks a bargain.

"Managers at Champions League clubs would have to pay £15m to get him now.

"He is probably out of Arsenal's price range but any of the other big clubs will pay the money - possibly Liverpool or Manchester United and he could go to either, if Bolton elect to cash in."

Rio Ferdinand's chronic injury concerns which have yet again undermined his season have led to Manchester United being mentioned as potential suitors, with Sir Alex Ferguson a confirmed admirer of Cahill.

The Red Devils are better positioned to engineer a deal and would likely be more willing to part with the required money needed to bring him to Old Trafford.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is also in the market for defensive additions and could prove to be the main challengers in an attempt to hijack a bid and bring Cahill to Anfield.

Cahill will almost certainly leave Bolton, but as yet the exact destination remains to be seen – with an anticipated three-way battle between Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer.

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