According to Express, as cited by Daily Star, Aston Villa are closing in on the capture of Gary Cahill. The Villans are believed to be the frontrunners in the pursuit of the former Chelsea captain, who is available for free after seeing out his contract at Stamford Bridge last season. 

The report claims that West Ham United and Arsenal are among the clubs interested in his services. But, it is Aston Villa who could soon make Cahill their sixth signing of the summer.

Cahill’s disastrous spell under Maurizio Sarri

In what was the last season of his contract at Chelsea, Cahill endured a devastating spell under Maurizio Sarri. The English international was overlooked entirely in favour of the likes of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger. He even fell behind Andreas Christensen in the pecking order.

As a result, the 33-year-old ended the campaign making only two appearances in the Premier League, one of which came in the final home game of the season as he received a warm farewell from the fans. Ultimately, the veteran defender chose to run down his contract at the club.

What can Cahill bring to the table?

Cahill is a dogged defender, who is known for his commitment and passion on the pitch. He can marshal a defensive unit and help them maintain their balance and discipline throughout the game. But, it is really the Englishman’s experience that makes him such an appealing target for Aston Villa. 

Indeed, the England international has featured in almost 350 Premier League matches during his professional career, which is sure to help a relatively young Villa side next season.

Where does Cahill fit in at Aston Villa?

Cahill initially started his career at Aston Villa, meaning it could be an emotional return for him at the Villa Park next season. As discussed earlier, his vast experience in the English top flight could be useful for Dean Smith’s side.

Besides, his acquisition could somewhat fill the void left by the departing defensive duo of Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrone Mings this summer, although the club has stepped up their pursuit of the latter. The centre-back pairing of James Chester and Cahill could potentially make Aston Villa a solid defensive unit, although that remains to be seen given the league’s seemingly increasing competitiveness.

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