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Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils should sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, David Connolly tells talkSPORT

Manchester United should sign former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, talkSPORT has been told.

The 33-year-old is on the lookout for a new club following his release at the expiration of his contract at the end of last month.

Cahill spent seven-and-a-half years with the Blues and won eight major trophies – including two Premier League titles and the Champions League
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And David Connolly, the former Republic of Ireland forward who had spells with Wigan and Sunderland in the Premier League, believes the Red Devils could use a player like Cahill as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his playing squad.

United are trying to sign Harry Maguire, the Leicester centre-back, but risk being priced out of a deal by his huge £90million valuation, while they have also faced resistance in their attempts to bring in Issa Diop from West Ham.

talkSPORT understands Man United must pay at least £90million to sign Maguire this summer
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Connolly, however, believes there are alternate targets United should be looking at.

He told talkSPORT: “There are deals out there. [Toby] Alderweireld is available for £25million and Gary Cahill has just gone on a free.

“Now, what harm would it be to take a Gary Cahill, with all his experience and winners’ medals, into the building? It’s that experience, you might have lost a lot, well get someone in that would give that!

“Look, he’s not going to bring the ball out from the back like if they had a Harry Maguire. But he’s a top, top centre-half who looks as fit as a flea.

“Obviously he hasn’t played that much, but he looks after himself. So why not someone like that? Under Sir Alex [Ferguson], he would always make an ageing, loanee signing, a Henrik Larsson or they had [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic [under Jose Mourinho] for example.

“Someone like that at the back would do terrifically for them.”


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