Cahill hits jackpot in huge deal with Blues
GARY Cahill (pictured) has agreed a massive £23million contract with Chelsea after Bolton Wanderers agreed to sell their main star for £7m.
Cahill travelled to London last night to undergo a medical and sign on the dotted line for the Blues after 17 days of tedious negotiations.
The £7m transfer fee was agreed prior to the opening of this month's transfer window, but the deal stalled on Cahill's wage demands.
The England international was holding out for £100,000 but after hours of talks with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay, an £80,000-a-week deal lasting until 2017 was agreed.
Cahill was pulled from Bolton training yesterday morning and travelled to London for the first part of his medical.
Cahill was due to be paraded at Stamford Bridge today ahead of Chelsea's clash with Martin O'Neill's Sunderland.
Cahill was unable to make his debut as he was not registered in time to face the Black Cats.
The 26-year-old is risking his place in Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 squad as he will not be assured of first-team football in west London, with Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and John Terry all competing for the two centre-half roles in Andre Villas-Boas team.
The move is also a massive boost for cash-conscious Bolton, who could have lost him for nothing in the summer when his contract was set to expire.
Trotters boss Owen Coyle has immediately earmarked a bid for contract-rebel Blackburn forward Junior Hoilett.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan are set to re-enter the chase for Carlos Tevez following AC Milan's failure to reach a deal for the striker.
It was widely expected that the wantaway Manchester City striker would be on his way to the Serie A champions, with the Rossoneri making him their top target.
Negotiations hit a number of problems, though, with City's preference for a permanent deal proving to be one early obstacle.
It appeared that issue would be resolved when AC Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani jetted into England on Thursday for talks.
But no deal was agreed, leaving the door open for other suitors.