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Cahill’s switch to Chelsea moves closer

By Ian Herbert

Bolton have confirmed they have begun talks with Chelsea about the sale of Gary Cahill.



The England defender is out of contract at the end of the season and, with the player seemingly intent on leaving, Bolton are looking to cash in on one of their most prized players — possibly to the tune of £7m — when the transfer window opens next month.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas made his interest in the 26-year-old public earlier this week with Cahill set to offer, at the very least, much-needed depth at centre-half after the Blues accepted a transfer request from Alex earlier this month.

And Villas-Boas's interest has apparently moved a step forward in the past few days after Bolton revealed yesterday that negotiations had begun.

“Regarding Gary Cahill, there has been dialogue between ourselves and Chelsea. He is a top player and is fully focused on Bolton,” a brief statement on their Twitter page read.

Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, remains relaxed about Chelsea's title challenge, even with his side still 11 points behind Manchester City. Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Thursday left them in fourth place but Sturridge was confident that there will be no early coronation, and that this season's champions will not be decided until the final day.

“It's going to be a tight Premier League race all the way down to the final game,” Sturridge said. “I'm looking forward to it — hopefully I can play a big part in the team lifting the league and I do believe we can do that.”

Although some fear the two Manchester teams will pull clear of the chasing pack, Sturridge, Chelsea's top scorer with nine goals, including the equaliser at White Hart Lane, believes the league is too competitive for that. “With how things are in the Premier League, nobody is out of the race until the final ball is kicked in the last game,” he said.

Sturridge believes he saw two teams each good enough to be champions at White Hart Lane on Thursday. “They played great football, we played great football and it was a great match for the neutral to watch,” he said.

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