61 time England cap and former Champions League winner Gary Cahill is available on a free transfer this summer. The 33 year-old will end a seven year stay at Chelsea next month after being told that his contract isn’t being renewed.
Cahill has featured just nine times for the Stamford Bridge side this season. He’s effectively been frozen out by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with the Italian preferring to go with a more youthful backline.
Cahill’s age means that no compensation would be required either. Celtic would only have to stump up wages for the two-time World Cup star.
Premier League side Burnley have been credited with a move for him lately. They could undoubtedly pay him a higher wage than Celtic but there are a few things we could offer to swing the balance.
What could entice Cahill?
The obvious one is European football. Burnley may have dipped their toes in the Europa League this season but that will likely be their only involvement in a generation. Celtic could give the defender an opportunity to play in the Champions League that few other clubs could.
We could also offer Cahill the chance to add some more honours to his trophy collection. The defender has won the main three domestic cups in England as well as the Champions League and the Europa League. He is used to winning things which makes Celtic the ideal destination.
The style of play would suit Cahill down to the ground too. He’s a modern ball-playing centre-back who would like Celtic’s possession based play.
We’ve seen the effect that Kolo Toure had on the squad when he joined in 2016. Cahill would offer us even more in a playing sense as well as real experience off the pitch too. The very least Celtic should be doing is asking the question.