By Nick Ware

18th Jul, 2021 | 10:10am

Rangers want to sign Gary Cahill, could offer big wages

Rangers are lining up a lucrative offer for free agent Gary Cahill after his Crystal Palace contract expired last month, according to The Sun.

Journalist Alan Nixon claims the 35-year-old central defender is being eyed by the Gers who could offer him £35,000-a-week.

The 61-cap England international is still wanted by Crystal Palace, who he joined in 2019 and played 47 times for, but the Premier League side’s offer is less basic cash with extra for appearances.

Move on from the old?

The stats make for exciting reading – Cahill has a Champions League winners medal and two Premier League titles with Chelsea – but the most important number is his age, 35.

He will turn 36 in December, and for the figures mentioned, the deal is not really one that makes a lot of sense to us.

Sure, he’s an ex-teammate of Steven Gerrard having played alongside him for the England national team, and the Gers manager will know all about his strengths.

It also looks like he’s in tip-top condition, after he posted a photo on his personal Instagram profile on Wednesday.

Spanish midfield legend Cesc Fabregas replied: “Easy tiger” followed by a laughing emoji, with a number of his former teammates commenting on his physique.

But shouldn’t we be trying to move past these sorts of signings now and target younger alternatives?

It’s not as if we are struggling for numbers in central defence – Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Filip Helander all represent experienced options, while the likes of Nikola Katic and Jack Simpson should be starting to enter their prime years – so it’s not a deal that makes a lot of sense to us.

Goldson only has one year left on his contract, but The Athletic recently reported that the Gers are happy for him to run that down into free agency rather than look to sell him this summer, so it wouldn’t appear as if Cahill is a replacement for the 28-year-old.

It’s hard not to place all our faith in Gerrard, but on the face of it, this looks like an unnecessary splurge on wages if we sign Cahill.

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