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The former Blues captain has proven himself as a top-level centre-back for over a decade now, winning multiple Premier League titles and a Champions League, but this signing may not be right for Leeds at this very moment.
Football Insider report that Cahill has been offered to Leeds as he remains on the hunt for a new club.
They also state that the 33-year-old wants a minimum two-year deal and he also wants assurances that he will have a regular playing role.
United have a serious lack of depth at centre-back after getting rid of Pontus Jansson and Aapo Halme already in this transfer window, but due to the amount the Whites would have to pay Cahill, it would be too much of a financial gamble to take.
It’s already been established that Leeds may be cutting it fine in terms of financial fair play this summer, and despite the sales of Jack Clarke and Pontus Jansson their spending power may still be limited.
Cahill was reportedly on £100,000 a week at Chelsea, and while one would assume he may be forced to take a pay cut, it will probably still be too much for Leeds to afford next season under the current circumstances.
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If the 61-cap England man is willing to take a similar salary, then it still equates to over £6m in wages over the course of a two-year deal.
For the Whites, this just isn’t financially viable. They still need to sort out Kalvin Phillips’ new contract as their first offer reportedly wasn’t satisfactory.
The Yorkshire club’s priority must be to extend Phillips’ current terms rather than bringing in Cahill on an extortionate wage that could set a dangerous and financially unstable precedent.