£8m Chelsea & Arsenal target gets Italian nod

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle is confident Chelsea and Arsenal target Gary Cahill could play in Italy.

The England international centre back is expected to leave the Reebok Stadium in the January transfer window, with clubs from across Europe, including Italy and Spain, said to be interested.

And, whilst Barclays Premier League clubs are thought to be favourites for the player's signature, Coyle is in no doubt that the 25-year-old would be able to adapt to life in Serie 'A'.

"Gary would be suited to Italian football," said the Trotters boss.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is thought to be one of those courting the player, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

With an £8 million fee placed on the player's head, Cahill is well within the budget of the Blues manager, who is expected to make a defensive addition his priority for the first month in 2012.

The west London outfit have been on a disappointing run of form at Stamford Bridge, although Saturday's 3-0 victory showed glimpses of the old Chelsea returning to their stuborn ways.

And, with changes expected to be afoot when January arrives, Cahill could be the man to help Chelsea turn their fortunes completely alongside John Terry, with question marks of David Luiz's defensive abilities and Alex heading for the exit door.

Arsenal, meanwhile, made a bid for the player in the summer, with Arsene Wenger not making friends in Lancashir for his 'derisory' offer.

However, the Frenchman is a known admirer of the player, and is still thought to be keen on strengthening his backline when the transfer window re-opens.

The Gunners brought Per Mertesacker to the Emirates late in August, but with fitness concerns over Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou, as well as Sebastian Squilaci looking at the Arsenal exit door, the club lack serious depth in the position.

Cahill, with his domestic and international experience, could be the perfect option for Arsenal, with his Champions League availability another bonus for the north Londoners.

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