Reports this week have suggested that Arsene Wenger has identified the player he wants to add to the Arsenal midfield as James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic. The transfer might not be as easy as Wenger first hoped, however, as Everton may also soon be chasing the 22-year old Irish international as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, according to the Daily Star.
David Moyes does not want to sell his Belgian midfielder, but the Toffees’ financial situation means that they cannot afford to turn down big money for their players. Plus, there is a release clause of over £25 million in Fellaini’s contract and if a club offers that to Everton, then Moyes would be helpless.
If it is Arsenal who trigger that clause, then there is no problem, but the chances of the Arsenal board sanctioning the offer are slimmer than a a supermodel on a diet. Moyes has insisted that he under no pressure to sell either Fellaini or his other big star Leighton Baines, and the players are not pushing for a move.
Things can happen quickly in the transfer market, however, so if Wenger is serious about McCarthy, he should move fast before somebody else pushes the price up. McCarthy has a long term contract at Wigan and is valued at around £8 million.