Arsenal preparing offer for Everton star McCarthy

Arsenal are lining up a £16m transfer bid for Everton central midfielder James McCarthy, who manager Arsene Wenger believes would fit perfectly into the Gunners’ system, according to the Daily Mail.

A number of defensive midfield players and deep-lying playmakers have been linked with Arsenal, but the club’s management now see McCarthy as a player who can help keep possession in key areas and offer some protection to the back four, with former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta often criticised when taking up a holding role.

McCarthy has consistently impressed since moving to the Premier League from Scottish club Hamilton Academical. He was brought to Wigan Athletic in 2009 by Roberto Martinez, and he then followed the Spaniard to Goodison Park in the summer of 2013 and has established himself as a key member of the Toffees’ midfield.

The offer from Arsenal is likely to be rejected, but the North Londoners would be prepared to go higher in order to test Everton’s resolve. Martinez is determined not to lose any of his key players, with rumours concerning key duo Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman persisting.

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