Rangers have been handed a possible transfer boost with Ibrox-linked player Gary Cahill confirming he has left Premier League club Crystal Palace.
The Sun reported last month that the Gers were eyeing a swoop for the former England star and it was later reported by the Sun journalist Tom Barclay that he had turned down a new deal at Palace after they had failed to meet his wage demands.
Understand Gary Cahill has turned down a new contract at Crystal Palace – and his current wage demands are too high for the club
— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_) July 22, 2021
His departure from Selhurst Park was confirmed on Sunday afternoon, with the 35-year-old now a free agent.
“After much thought and deliberation, I can confirm that I have left Crystal Palace FC after an enjoyable two years,” Cahill wrote on Twitter. “I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved at the club, especially the fans and staff who welcomed me into their South London family.”
“It’s been a privilege to play at Selhurst Park, especially in that first season where I got to experience the atmosphere that the Eagles fans create on a match day.
“Playing in front of the Holmesdale Road stand is a memory that I will cherish in particular. I would like to wish the club all the best for the future and wish them every success for the coming season.”
Playing in front of the Holmesdale Road stand is a memory that I will cherish in particular.
I would like to wish the club all the best for the future and wish them every success for the coming season 🦅💪 pic.twitter.com/Wc5srnzXqS
— Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) August 1, 2021
With Cahill now available for nothing, Rangers have to decide whether or not to swoop.
The experienced defender has won a Champions League, two Europa Leagues and two Premier League titles and showed last season that he can still perform at a high level, so it’s unlikely that he’ll be available for long, particularly as leagues around Europe begin to get underway.
Since the initial interest was reported, Rangers have sold George Edmundson to Ipswich Town and allowed Lewis Mayo to head out on loan, but Steven Gerrard still has a lot of options at centre-back, so a move for Cahill would seem a little unnecessary.
If an established Premier League club had to back off due to wage demands, that suggests Rangers would really need to push the boat out to land Gerrard’s former England teammate and with Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Leon Balogun amongst those already at Ibrox, that would be hard to justify.