Rangers are eyeing a swoop for Premier League star Gary Cahill and are prepared to pay him handsomely, according to The Sun.
Cahill has played for four clubs in the English top-flight – Aston Villa, Bolton, Chelsea and Crystal Palace – racking up a whopping 394 appearances, contributing to 103 clean sheets and scoring 28 goals.
The two-time Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League winner and one-time Champions League winner has been with Palace since 2019 but his contract expired recently.
The Sun reports that the Eagles want him to stay on at Selhurst Park and have offered him a new deal but that the Gers are circling.
It’s suggested that the Light Blues are willing to offer the 61-cap former England defender more money – as much as £35k-per-week – if he moves to Ibrox on a free.
This is an unexpected rumour for a number of reasons.
At 35, Cahill is no spring chicken and the sort of wages being discussed here would surely be something of a stretch for the Gers, particularly given that no big names have been sold yet this summer.
Steven Gerrard is also already very well-stocked at centre-back, with Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander, Jack Simpson, Niko Katic, George Edmundson, Leon King and Lewis Mayo all already on the books.
However, the Gers have swooped for Premier League veterans in the recent past, bringing in Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe from Southampton and Bournemouth respectively, while Gerrard knows Cahill well having played alongside him for England.
Any move would surely be dependent on others leaving Ibrox first but Cahill is a proven winner and it’ll be interesting to see if this alleged interest leads anywhere over the coming weeks.
One high-profile departure may not be too far away, as a Gers star reportedly has his heart set on a move.