Cahill to face Man Utd as Chelsea move faces delay

Bolton boss Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill’s representatives are still locked in talks with Chelsea, which means the defender could play for the Trotters at the weekend, Sky Sports reports.

Cahill’s deal to move to Stamford Bridge is edging closer and Chelsea have agreed a fee with Bolton of £7m for the England international. Bolton face Manchester United this weekend at Old Trafford in a huge local derby with both sides eager for victory. It was anticipated that Cahill’s move would have been pushed through this week, but the clock is ticking on Chelsea’s effort to have the deal in place by the weekend. Personal terms are still the stumbling block for the 26 year old, who is reportedly looking to earn £80,000 a week in West London.

Coyle said: ‘Dialogue continues between Gary’s agent and Chelsea. We accept it has probably been long-drawn. It is over two weeks ago that we agreed a fee. But sometimes that is the nature of football business. It can take that period of time. Gary is a Bolton player and until I hear something different in terms of negotiations being concluded between both parties, he will be in line to play against Manchester United’.

The Bolton manager also confirmed that Chelsea are the only club looking to sign Cahill and they have received no offers from rivals sides. Coyle was hopeful to have the deal done sooner so that he has more time to spend the fee agreed for Cahill, but if the deal breaks down, Bolton will keep Cahill until the end of the season.

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