Following the story that Wenger had made a £6m dollar bid on Bolton’s star defender Gary Cahill, it seems the knives have come out from both Bolton’s manager Owen Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside, with Wenger publicly retaliating.
The spat between the clubs comes from a re-tweet Phil Gartside made on the reported £6m bid Arsenal tabled which read: “Are you taking the p***? £6m for Gary Cahill — f*** right off!”
It is reported that the bid is more around the £10m mark, but it is still far short of Gary Cahill’s £17m valuation. But with things getting so out of hand it is now being reported that Arsenal may even just decide stay away from Cahill and focus on Chelsea’s wantaway defender Alex.
Although Gartside deleted the comment, the damage was already done with Arsene fuming and stating: “He can endorse what he wants, that’s his problem.
“But that figure is completely wrong. I can tell you it’s not true.You can believe Gartside or you can believe me. But if Gartside can say that I am lying then I am ready to confront him.”
This prompted the entry of Bolton manager Owen Coyle who said: “The word derisory doesn’t even cover Arsenal’s offer. It wasn’t even close. It’s not just short, it’s a million miles off. They are nowhere near the starting point even.”
Wenger retaliated: “If the player is not for sale, they can keep him. I don’t understand why they feel insulted.
“If I ask to buy your house and you are not happy with the price you say, ‘No’ and that is it.
“As long as we were not happy with the price offered for Cesc Fabregas, we did not sell the player. But we never came out and said we were insulted.”
I have to agree that £6m is certainly low for a player of Cahill’s calibre, but he is certainly not worth £17m especially with one year left on his contract if Samir Nasri was sold for £25m.
If indeed the opening bid was around £10m, while still on the low side is certainly not an insult. I would rate Cahill at £15m considering he is entering the final year of his contract, but whether Wenger will continue to test Bolton’s resolve is now very much unclear.