According to Owen Coyle talks between Chelsea and Bolton over the acquisition of Gary Cahill have resulted in the two clubs agreeing on a fee for the defender. The clubs are both satisfied with the fee which is believed to be about £7 million which could escalate depending on Cahill reaching some performance markers, leaving personal terms between Chelsea FC and Cahill's representatives as the lone obstacle left to be sorted out. According to AVB:
We're still miles apart regarding agreement with the player. We'll continue to monitor this situation as we continue to monitor others.
I don't really know that I'd take much from this, Cahill isn't likely to get an opportunity to join a better club than Chelsea. AVB clearly likes Cahill as a player as the following comment clearly illustrates:
I think his technical attributes are immense. His pace is fantastic as well. There are weaknesses and they are also related to the collective weaknesses of Bolton.
I've never rated Cahill much as a passer (neither has WhoScored), but AVB's quote does bring up some fairly interesting food for thought. If any of you have read this article from Zonal Whoever you'll be able to note that Bolton in general plays an awful lot of long balls and not much "attractive" football under Coyle. Just as a quick interpretation, I'd expect AVB believes that Cahill's short passing will improve with the improved talent that we'll surround him here at Chelsea. His aerial ability and tackling would certainly be welcome additions to a team that has struggled at times with those things this season.
I wouldn't take much from the potential hiccup in the late stages of the negotiation. In the end, Chelsea are clearly interested in Cahill and he's not likely to get a better opportunity to further his career elsewhere. I imagine we'll still be seeing Cahill in London Monday or Tuesday as long as he doesn't get injured over the weekend.