Arsenal are ready to make the first move in the battle for Wigan’s James McCarthy with a multi-million pound bid.
James McCarthy has had a rather dramatic impact on the Wigan Athletic team this season and Arsenal are readying an £8 million bid to tempt him over to the Emirates.
The versatile midfield man has started every Premier League game for Wigan this season and has bagged two goals in the process. He originally joined Wigan in 2009.
The Metro is reporting that Arsenal are ready to land the first punch in the battle for the player who has been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs.
Arsene Wenger has been criticised over the last few seasons for not doing enough to snap up the best talent available in England, instead choosing to look in foreign leagues for players available under the £10 million mark.
The added advantage of signing McCarthy is that it would mean Arsenal don’t have to break their current wage structure which is one of the reasons for their financial strength.
Fresh reports have suggested Arsenal are close to agreeing a new deal for Theo Walcott and if they also manage to bring in McCarthy, it would mean they have one of the finest selections of young players in the country.
McCarthy has the all round game which would allow him to settle quickly at a massive club such as the Gunners.
He is strong, quick, athletic, can make a pass and has brilliant improvisational skills which is important for any professional player performing at the top level of the game.
McCarthy is destined for a move to a much bigger Premier League side and Wenger has to be praised if Arsenal get in the first bid.
The danger of waiting too long is that a bidding war will start once there is formal interest from a number of sides. This will drive the current £8 million Arsenal are willing to pay through the roof.
This could mean a fee of around the £15 million mark which would suit Wigan but may not be something that Arsenal would be willing to stretch to considering Wenger’s transfer history.
Liverpool and Everton are the two other clubs reportedly interested in signing McCarthy and Arsenal are in a much stronger financial position than either, which means they can afford a fee and a competitive wage deal.
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