Ex-Bolton boss: Chelsea got an 'absolute bargain' in £17m City target

Former Bolton Wanderers and Wigan manager Owen Coyle believes Chelsea got a bargain deal for centre back Gary Cahill.

The 28-year-old England international arrived at Stamford Bridge from Bolton back in January 2012 for £7 million but his former coach revealed Manchester City had bid £17 million in an attempt to sign him the previous summer, just months prior to his move to join the Blues.

Not only does Cahill believe Chelsea got a bargain in the centre-back but he also hailed the impact of his Blues colleague and defensive partner in captain John Terry whom Coyle believes was the ideal role model for ‘classy’ Cahill.

“From day one when I walked into Bolton, he just oozed class,” Coyle said.

“He is so talented and yet still relatively young at 28. Chelsea was always the right move for him because I knew he would learn and improve so much playing alongside John Terry.”

“The summer before he moved to Chelsea, Manchester City came in and offered £17 million and a player,” he explained.

“Come the following January in 2012, when it was Chelsea who came in, it was the right thing for him, no doubt. They got absolutely got a bargain at £7million.”

Coyle’s revelation comes as no surprise considering the talent the manager had in his ranks at Bolton at the time – Cahill had been monitored by Arsenal and Manchester City at the time and at 26 years of age he was entering the prime years of a centre back’s career.

Cahill developed as a youth player at Aston Villa where he made his Premier League debut in 2005/06 – the England international spent eight years at Villa Park before signing for Bolton in 2008. Four years later it was time for him to move again and the allure of a move to Stamford Bridge was too good to turn down, despite interest from several other Premier League giants.

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