AVB rules out Cahill raid

Blues boss also has no plans to move for Modric or Pereira

Gary Cahill: The Bolton man is not on Chelsea's January shopping list

Luke Modric: Chelsea have given up in their pursuit of the Spurs playmaker

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas claims to have no plans to make a January move for Gary Cahill, or return for summer target Luka Modric.

With the winter transfer window set to swing open its doors in the New Year, speculation regarding who could be moving where is starting to intensify.

Cahill was the subject of almost daily rumours during the previous window, with the Bolton man linked with a number of clubs.

Arsenal were reported to be leading the chase, but it is now being suggested that Chelsea could be tempted to make a move for the England international.

Villas-Boas admits that he considers Cahill to be a top centre-half, but the Portuguese tactician is adamant that he will not be testing Bolton's resolve in January.

He said: "He's a fantastic player because he plays for the English national team, a central defender of high qualities.

"He had a fantastic year last season for club and country.

"But he is not a player that we are considering."


Chelsea spent much of the summer trying to prise Croatian playmaker Modric away from capital rivals Tottenham, but Villas-Boas insists they will not be drawn into another lengthy transfer saga in the New Year.

"We have (Michael) Essien returning and I think we have left that one for sure," he said.

Another name to have been strongly linked with Chelsea is Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira, with Chelsea having seen a bid knocked back during pre-season.

Villas-Boas knows all about the Uruguay international from his time in charge of Porto, but again claims to have curbed his interest.

He said: "I don't think so based on prices and because we are not looking. We are pretty satisfied with what we've got."