While Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that a deal to bring Gary Cahill to Stamford Bridge is far from being finalised, the Chelsea boss is confident an agreement can be reached. Earlier today, Bolton manager Owen Coyle announced that the club had given Cahill’s representatives permission to speak with Chelsea, with the Trotters understood to have accepted a bid in the region of £7million for the 26-year-old centre half. Chelsea have clearly been tracking Cahill for a while and AVB appears to be convinced that he will add to his squad so the Blues really ought to get the deal sewn up as quickly as possible. Despite Cahill being at the heart of a Bolton defence which has leaked no fewer than 41 goals this season, the fact remains: he is an international footballer. He didn’t collect tokens to win his 7 caps, he earned them. And as much as some people love to believe, Fabio Capello is not a complete doughnut.
But Cahill signing for Chelsea could be Capello’s gain as much as AVB’s, as he will be playing his football alongside England captain John Terry. It shouldn’t take a genius to realise that successful teams are not usually cobbled together overnight (even if you manage Manchester City and have access to Aladdin’s Cave). Players being used to playing together has long been a problem for the England team, with everyone left baffled as to why the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can’t replicate their club form for the Three Lions. But a defensive partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill at Chelsea could gel nicely, leaving Capello with an easy choice for his first choice defensive pairing for Euro 2012.
There’s never going to be a long enough international break in the season where the players selected for England can work together long enough to become comfortable playing together. Especially at a time when so many players pull out of international fixtures, with club seemingly far more important than country. Capello might as well pick 95 per cent of his squad from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City and be done with it. After all, Spain managed to win the World Cup with a team made up of Barcelona and Real Madrid players. And those guys hate each other!
So, that’s it. Cahill to Chelsea = Euro glory for England. The only thing that could derail the whole thing is John Terry being found guilty…