Manchester United are looking to snatch Bolton centre half Gary Cahill from under the noses of arch rivals Chelsea, according to a well-placed source.
A deal between Bolton and Chelsea for the services of the talented defender looked to have been all sewn up – including the £90,000 per week wage demands – with only a couple of personal issues left to be ironed out.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson is planning on a late raid for the in-demand England international.
Injuries have spread through United’s squad like a wild-fire recently and Ferguson is keen to find someone to replace captain Nemanja Vidic, who has been ruled out for the entire season with a knee injury. Cahill is seen as the perfect partner for Rio Ferdinand as he has the pace that the former England captain lacks.
One of the sticking points in the deal is the fact that Cahill doesn’t want to move his young family down to London and Manchester would be a more suitable location.
His future at Bolton is as good as over, even manager Owen Coyle has admitted such, and the club have accepted the offer of £7m from Chelsea and allegedly are welcoming a similar bid from Manchester United. In fact, Bolton are keen to sell their most prised assets as his contract is due to run out at the end of the season and the player has made it clear he is not happy with renewing.
Cahill, who missed the FA Cup tie at Macclesfield this weekend, signed off his career at the Reebok with the winning goal in what is looking like his final match for the club in their 2-1 defeat of Everton.