A one year deal with an option of a further year works for both parties, especially within the current transfer landscape.

Words by Regan Foy | @FindFoy


Reports this morning are stating that former Aston Villa defender, and recently departed Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill, could be close to a return to Villa Park.

The 33-year-old managed four Europa League starts under Maurizio Sarri last season, as well as two substitute appearances in the Premier League. Across the four starts in the Europa League, the veteran former England international mustered up an impressive 93.4% pass success rate, as well as an average rating of 7.03.

Whilst we analysed the type of defenders who would be a perfect fit for Aston Villa within the Premier League, we did not take a look at Gary Cahill due to the limited levels of data and current lack of club.

With deals seemingly stalling on defensive targets Tyrone Mings, Adam Webster and Terence Kongolo – getting another central option makes sense for the club, despite the player being at the twilight of his career.

Another thing to consider, is that the above targets are all linked at being deals over £15,000,000. Offering Cahill a deal worth around £60,000 a week for a year costs the club £2,880,000 – not bad going if he has a hand in keeping us up.

Questions will need to be asked surrounding Gary Cahill’s commitment, fitness and wishes for his time at the club should he rejoin – especially so as it goes against the new policy at Aston Villa of buying young players with resale value and exceptional potential.

However, at a relatively cheap price, and if he is happy to be a rotation option if other defensive options arrive through the door, a season long deal, with an option of another, works for Aston Villa.

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