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Gary Cahill has revealed just how close he was to signing for today’s FA Cup final opponents Arsenal, report the Metro.

Cahill will lead the Chelsea team out at Wembley, having been the stand-in captain in John Terry’s absence from the side this campaign. However, he could well have been playing for Arsenal instead if things went differently.

The Metro quote Cahill, who when asked how close he was to putting pen-to-paper on a move to the Emirates revealed:

“It was close,t he move broke down on the fee, nothing to do with me. It never got down to whether or not I wanted to go there, it was between the two clubs. They showed interest, but they couldn’t agree a fee.”

Cahill has scarcely put a foot wrong this season, and his inclusion in the PFA Team of The Year is testament to that. He has been a cornerstone in Antonio Conte’s side, and his no-nonsense defending was influential in Thibaut Courtois securing the Premier League Golden Glove.

He appears to now be Chelsea through and through, but in a parallel universe, he may well be lining up alongside Rob Holding in the Gunners’ back-line today.

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