Arsenal reportedly interested in signing ex-Chelsea skipper

Arsenal reportedly interested in signing ex-Chelsea skipper

The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release from Chelsea

Gary Cahill has left Chelsea after eight years of service. The ex-England defender, who captained the Blues after the departure of John Terry in 2017, has understandably gained plenty of interest from a host of Premier League sides who would benefit from his vast experience in the top flight.

At 33, Cahill realistically has two more season’s left him at the top, with this move likely to be his last. Former club Aston Villa and West Ham are rumoured to be interested in signing him, but it has now emerged that Arsenal could make a move for the tough tackling defender [90min].

Is a Cahill move to Arsenal on the cards?

The Gunners could be in the market for a new central defender this summer, as Shkodran Mustafi continues to struggle coping with the demands of the Premier League.

Rob Holding will almost certainly return to the starting line-up when he’s made a full recovery from the torn ACL which ruled him out for the most-part of last term, but with Laurent Koscielny also finding it difficult to remain fit these days, it does leave the north London outfit extremely light of cover in the heart of defence.

The allure of remaining in London could massively sway Cahill’s decision, with Crystal Palace also reportedly signalling interest in the former Bolton man. His biggest chance of regular first team football would come at Aston Villa, though a move to the West Midlands would obviously mean him relocating from the capital so it remains to be seen whether or not he is prepared to do that.

From Arsenal’s perspective, signing Cahill would make perfect sense due to their lack of transfer funds. Unai Emery only has a budget of £45m to use on reinforcements this summer, so if he could bring in an experienced defender on a free, it would allow him to use his allocated funds on strengthening other areas of the squad.

Cahill leaves Stamford Bridge having made 290 appearances for Chelsea during a hugely successful eight seasons in west London. The 33-year-old has won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues and two FA Cups with the Blues, alongside clinching the Champions League back in 2012.