Ipswich will not be 'blackmailed' into selling Arsenal, Chelsea target

Mick McCarthy held firm when Crystal Palace submitted a £3.5 million bid for Tyrone Mings.

The 21-year-old left-back is one of the hottest prospects outside of the Premier League, winning the Championship Player of the Month award for September after a series of impressive performances.

With a playing style reminiscent of modern-day full-backs, Mings has registered two assists already this season, and his early season displays have reportedly drawn interest from Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as various other Premier League clubs.

However, the only top-flight side to officially approach the Tractor Boys with a concrete offer has been Crystal Palace, with the Selhurst Park side submitting a £3.5 million bid for the defender on transfer deadline day.

No deal was completed for Mings, and Ipswich head coach Mick McCarthy has revealed that he will not be ‘blackmailed’ into selling the youngster - after the Eagles threatened to cancel the ongoing loan deal involving Jonny Williams.

Quoted by the East Anglian Daily Times, McCarthy said: “Marcus [Evans, owner] rang me up about Palace’s bid for Tyrone and I said ‘no – where are we going to get another left-back at this time?’ He said ‘just think about it and I’ll ring you back in 10 minutes’.

“He did and I said ‘still no’.

“They then said ‘we might not let you have Jonny Williams if you don’t sell him’.

“I wasn’t going to be blackmailed.”

Despite the lack of financial flexibility that the Tractor Boys possess, McCarthy believes that Evans offers more than enough backing - by leaving matters of the playing squad to the manager.

“There’s a misconception that support from an owner is throwing money at things,” he added.

“Well Marcus has tried that and it didn’t work. That hasn’t been the case for me, but that doesn’t bother me. I have quite enjoyed doing it that way.”

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