Seven years on from his January 2012 arrival at Chelsea, Gary Cahill looks set to leave the club with which he has become synonymous with in recent times. The England international has made 289 appearances for the blues in his 7 seasons – winning 6 trophies in his time with the club.
At the age of 33, he has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Maurizio Sarri and looks set to leave Chelsea in search of first team football.
The January transfer window has arrived and with Chelsea already doing business in the form of Christian Pulisic for over £50 million – they will be eager to balance the books where possible.
Trip to the Cottage
Few players in the Premier League possess as much knowhow as Gary Cahill and despite being 33 years of age, many feel he still has a lot to offer in England’s top division. Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham are in the midst of a relegation scrap and have conceded a whopping 47 goals from their opening 21 games. With Fulham only being up the Kings Road from Chelsea, a move to the Cottage seems an obvious fit for both Cahill and the Whites and Gary Cahill is 2/5 with Ladbrokes to join Fulham this January.
Gary the Gunner
Whilst Fulham are in obvious need of defensive reinforcements, Chelsea’s top 4 rivals Arsenal have also had defensive problems this season – epitomised by their 5-1 defeat at Liverpool in December. The Gunners sit 3 points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League football next term and whilst Cahill may have lost pace in recent seasons, his experience and ability to read the game could be a good fit for Unai Emery’s men. Cahill is 3/1 with Bet Victor to join Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Cahill’s relationship with the Chelsea fans and management is akin to that of his long time defensive partner John Terry and he is held in the highest regards by all at the club. He has fallen down the pecking order behind the likes of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in recent times and with Cahill only making 7 appearances in all competitions this season – his time at the Bridge looks up. He is 9/2 with William Hill to stay at Chelsea beyond the January transfer window.
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