The January transfer window is slowly but steadily heating up. The biggest news so far is that Gary Cahill has almost completed his move to Chelsea. Bolton have agreed to a fee, and reports suggest that he is heading towards London to undergo a medical.
The terms of agreement between Cahill and Chelsea have yet to be finalized, but he is expected to be confirmed as a Chelsea player by this weekend. Cahill has been a fantastic player, despite Bolton struggling for form. He is an effective player as he is very strong in the air and wins aerial duels. He is also highly effective in clearing the ball, which sadly Chelsea have been absolutely horrendous at this season. He is also superb in playing the offside trap; this would suit well in André Villas-Boas' style of a high-defensive line.
His obvious weakness include passing the ball effectively and tackling, but given the shambles that Chelsea’s defence is currently in, coupled with the lack of bargain players during the transfer window, Cahill is a superb signing.He has a great deal of experience in the Premier League and would not need a long adjustment time, which can be a problem as highlighted by the transfer of Per Mertesacker to Arsenal who has taken time to deliver his world-class defending skills which had made him a hot prospect at Bremen and Germany.
In other news, out-of-favor striker Carlos Tevez’s future is again uncertain as A.C. Milan have pulled out of negotiations for the Argentine striker. Talks fell over when Alexandre Pato refused to head over to Paris St. Germain. This has led to speculation that Inter Milan might snatch the Argentine hitman. However, City are still hopeful that a deal for Tevez can be concluded before the closing of the transfer window.
Former Bayern Munich and Brazilian international Giovane Elber, who donned the Munich jersey from 1997-2003, has advised Munich to go in pursuit of Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. With the astounding form of Sergio Aguero and the rise of Mario Balotelli, Dzeko has been finding himself warming the bench too often. Elber suggested that moving to Bayern is a much better option that warming the bench at City. Dzeko already has some prior experience at the Bundesliga with VfL Wolfsburg and might gel into the Bayern squad perfectly.
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