We've known the deal was done for some time, but the club finally released their official statement this morning. Gary Cahill will be joining Chelsea FC for an amount believed to be about £7 million. Rumors have the deal in the neighborhood of £80k per week, but once again there is nothing to confirm these figures. What we do know for sure is that Cahill will be assigned the number 24 kit and will be available for selection this weekend as we travel to Norwich. He's also not cup tied in any competition we're involved in, so there will be nothing limiting when we can play the England international.
As for Cahill himself, he seems very excited by the move. Asked about the transfer, he responded with the following:
Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this you can't turn down.
Cahill will occupy a homegrown spot on Chelsea's 25 man FA roster and qualifies as association trained for the Champions League. The club did not get into the specifics of how he'll be used in the press conference today, but you'd have to assume he'll have plenty of opportunities to play with Branislav Ivanovic currently out injured. Welcome to Chelsea Gary, do us all proud...