AC Milan eye Bolton defender Gary Cahill, Chelsea’s Florent Malouda linked with Bayern Munich

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  • AC Milan eye Bolton defender Gary Cahill, Chelsea’s Florent Malouda linked with Bayern Munich

Recent reports reveal that Serie A giants AC Milan are the latest side to enter the race for Bolton Wanderers central defender Gary Cahill. Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Liverpool have also been linked with the defender previously.

The England international arrived at Bolton in 2008 and was an instant hit, winning the “Best Newcomer” award in his debut season. He then went on to extend his two year deal by signing a three year contract in 2009.

He has made 104 appearances for Bolton so far and has even managed to score 11 goals up until now. The 25-year-old would make a good addition to any sides back four, his composure while on the ball and ability to read the game make him one of the best developing defenders in the English Premier League.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti and owner Roman Abramovich are in the process of bringing a change at the club, which involves the departure of older players and the arrival of young talent. If that is indeed the case then 30-year-old winger Florent Malouda is most likely on his way out in the summer.

The Frenchman arrived at Stamford Bridge for a fee of £13 million from Ligue 1 side Lyon in 2007. While he flourished under Jose Mourinho, he did not do too well under his replacement Avram Grant. Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou was picked over him countless number of times as he was pushed into the background.

Malouda did not fit in too well with Luis Felipe Scolari’s plans either and once again performed a restricted role. However, it was under Guss Hiddink that the French international really shone and became an irreplaceable part of the Blues squad as well as earning interest from top sides like Barcelona and AC Milan.

The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti saw Malouda continue his good form with Chelsea, he played a big role in leading the Blues to their first ever double; Premier League and FA Cup. That season he scored an amazing 15 goals and provided the same number of assists, ending as the 12th top scorer in the Premier League.

He has been equally impressive this season, scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances but the Italian manager seems to have made up his mind though. Having previously been accused of having an ageing squad, he is now determined to bring in younger players in the summer.

His decision to spend £73 million in the January transfer window to bring in Fernando Torres and David Luiz just proves he is on a mission to refurbish the existing squad. That can only be achieved by offloading some of the older players and Malouda is one of them.

Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich have been linked with the French winger. It seems they will be facing competition from his former club Lyon, who are considering giving Malouda another chance. He is expected to cost an estimated £12 million.

 

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