How James McCarthy could benefit Arsenal or Chelsea

There is growing speculation that Chelsea and Arsenal are ready to take a punt on Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, also claimed to be a target for Manchester United.

James McCarthy has had a very strange season as one of the stand out players in a side that could still be relegated from the Premier League by the end of the month.

If that happens then McCarthy could very easily find himself on the move, with Chelsea and Arsenal now coming into the equation, as a scrap seems ready to break out for one of the most underrated midfielders in the division.

With United mulling over a possible move for the 22-year-old Scottish born Irishman, the two big London clubs could quickly nip in, table a bid to buy out the last three years of his contract and watch him develop into the player he’s more than capable of becoming.

Out of the two, Chelsea probably have the best chance of signing him because there is a more pressing need for him in their midfield.

There remain questions over the future of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, despite recent reports suggesting that the West London club were preparing a new deal which would keep him at the club for another year.

McCarthy possesses many of the similar all round qualities that Lampard possesses; he’s a very good player on the ball, he can spot a pass and he can create chances for the more attacking players in the side.

The money isn’t a problem, the issue for Chelsea is going to be in convincing him that he’s not going to risk his development as a professional player through joining them.

He could be a very useful player at Arsenal because he would provide Arsene Wenger’s team with a balance they have been missing at times this season.

Arsenal have a midfield which is full of gifted creative players, who all like to get into the attacking third of the pitch, which sometimes leaves a lot of space in the midfield which can be exploited by the opposition.

McCarthy is good enough and strong enough to play a holding role in the Arsenal midfield, which is sometimes how he has been used at Wigan and also for Scotland at international level.

He would also be a transfer that falls well within the realms of what Arsene Wenger traditionally likes to spend during a summer transfer window, with a market value of around £6.5 million.

That price could easily increase, especially if United’s interest is maintained into the summer transfer window.

He can’t really go wrong because he looks destined to end up at one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, with Wigan having no choice but to sell him off as an asset if they are playing Championship football next year.

Which club do you think he’s most suited to?

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