The Daily Express has suggested that Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is in line for a new four-year deal.
With John Terry not getting any younger, a long term deal for the 28-year-old suggests that manager Jose Mourinho is looking to make him the senior centre-back at the club over the next few years.
Here are three key questions to consider as well as initial reaction from Chelsea fans.
Does he deserve it?
Absolutely. Cahill has been a regular in the Chelsea defence and was one of the first names down on the team sheet for England at the World Cup. He’s a player who compensates for John Terry’s lack of pace and his height makes it difficult for teams to bombard the Blues aerially.
What will it cost the club?
The Express suggests that the new deal could be worth around £120,000 per week. That would make Cahill one of the best paid defenders in the Premier League though he’d still be earning less than John Terry, who reportedly earns around the £150,000 per week mark.
What does it mean for the player’s and the club’s future?
For Cahill it means extra seniority and responsibility if Mourinho wants him to eventually replace Terry as the senior centre-back. He should relish that possibility and may improve further once that transition has been made.
For the club it means no side can come in and poach him on the cheap, but it also means they benefit from his experience with the younger players. Cahill will be the perfect example of how to play as a centre-back in the Premier League for Tomas Kalas and Kurt Zouma, when they eventually come into the side.
Here’s some reaction from Blues fans.
If Gary Cahill does sign a new contract, that's great news. One of our best players last season. #CFC— Josh (@MourinhosMen) July 14, 2014
Giving Cahill a new deal is suicidal. Will be rotation option at best in a couple of seasons and then like Torres won't have a club to sell.— Himanshu (@Himanshucfc) July 15, 2014