Gunners facing Milan challenge for long-time defender target

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Arsenal reportedly face competition from AC Milan in the race to sign defender Gary Cahill.

The England international has been linked with a string of top clubs in England, but now European giants Milan have also joined the race according to sources in Italy.

Reports in The Metro also claim the Rossoneri see Cahill as a perfect replacement for Alessandro Nesta, with the 35-year-old expected to leave the San Siro in the summer.

Arsenal are thought to be leading the Barclays Premier League race for the player, although didn't make a bid for the player in January despite press speculation claiming otherwise. Spurs, Liverpool and Aston Villa are also thought to be tracking the player.

Owen Coyle is aware of the interest, and whilst he accepts that his prized asset could leave the Trotters in the near future, he hopes to get the best outcome for the club.

"I believe it will happen sooner rather than later because of Gary's quality. When it comes, all good and well, because he will have got his move on the back of his performances for Bolton," said Coyle recently. The Scot valued the player at £25 million.


A string of centre backs have been linked with the Gunners in recent weeks, with Per Mertesacker, Jan Vertonghen and Stefan de Vrij all thought to be on the Arsenal radar.

Arsene Wenger admitted in February that the Emirates outfit were short of a defender, although Arsenal failed to secure a player either permanently or on loan when the opportunity arose earlier in the season.

Injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou have exposed a threadbare backline in the later parts of the season, and with Milan joining the race for Cahill, Arsenal will need to move quickly in the summer if they wish to secure the player's services.

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