Rangers in advanced talks with English centre-back Gary Cahill. The Scottish Premiership club’s hopes of signing former England international this transfer window have been given a boost after the defender officially confirmed his exit from Crystal Palace, meaning that the Gers manager could bring him to the club on a free transfer.
The Gers were keen on adding Cahill to their team this transfer window and offered him a big wage to tempt him to a move north.
Gary has spent much of the past decade living in London after spells with Chelsea and Crystal Palace, and the defender certainly shouldn’t be short of offers in England after his exit from Crystal Palace was confirmed.
The 35-year-old centre-back would offer Steven Gerrard a wealth of experience at the defence and could well be tempted to move to the Scottish club due to the Champions League football on offer at Ibrox this campaign.
The English defender will be well known by Steven Gerrard from their time playing together for the Three Lions, and whilst he might only be a short-term option from a playing perspective, Cahill could perform a similar role to Jermain Defoe in the future by offering his defensive expertise as a manager in Rangers.
Although Gerrard already has the likes of Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun, Nikola Katic and Jack Simpson available as centre-back options at Ibrox, the £1.35m-rated Gary could be a leader for the Gers both on and off the pitch.
His exit from Crystal Palace was confirmed on the weekend, according to Independent, with the defender now a free agent. With Gary now available for nothing, the Scottish giants have to decide whether or not to swoop.
Cahill has won a Champions League, two Europa Leagues and two Premier League trophies and showed last campaign that the defender can still perform at a high level, so it’s unlikely that Gary will be available for long, particularly as leagues across Europe begin to get underway.
However, the English manager still has many options at centre-back, so a move for the 35-year-old defender would look a little unnecessary.
If an established Premier League club had to back off due to wage demands, that suggests the Gers would need to push the boat out to land Steven Gerrard’s former England teammate, and with Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Leon Balogun amongst those already at Rangers, that would be hard to justify.