Reports from over the weekend suggest that both Arsenal and Aston Villa are considering signing free agent Gary Cahill this summer.
The centre-half, who recently left Chelsea after seven years at the end of his contract, is hoping to sign for another Premier League club.
The Gunners are looking for two central defenders, so by landing free-agent Cahill that would free up to £30million to be spent on an alternative signing.
Arsenal are believed to have only around £40million to spend this summer, plus any cash received from incoming transfers.
Cahill is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal, which the Gunners are unsure about with Unai Emery and director of football Raul Sanllehi only planning on offering a 12-month contract.
Aston Villa would love to bring Cahill back to the club, and assistant boss John Terry has been working hard on getting him to the Midlands – but TEAMtalk report that the former England defender would rather stay in London.
With that in mind Crystal Palace, West Ham and Fulham are all keen on striking a deal for the player.
Cahill spent eight seasons in west London after joining from Bolton for £7million, making 290 appearances in all competitions, but he rarely featured under old Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and his contract has been allowed to run down.