Manchester City make move for McCarthy after Delph snub
Manchester City are set to make a move for Everton
midfielder James McCarthy following Fabian Delph â€™s
decision to stay at Aston Villa .
City will rival Arsenal and Tottenham for the 24-year-oldâ€™s
signature after he informed Everton that he is looking to
leave the club this summer .
McCarthy is upset over broken promises concerning a new
contract offer but Everton are desperate to keep him on
Merseyside and have set a Â£25 million asking price.
City are admirers of McCarthy and are set to make a bid for
the Republic of Ireland international as they look to boost
their quota of homegrown players.
Manuel Pellegrini thought a deal was in place to sign Villa
captain Delph for Â£8m only for the player to pull out of a
move at the last minute and commit to staying at Villa Park.
McCarthy has emerged as Cityâ€™s alternative signing in
central midfield but they are unlikely to sign the former
Wigan man for less than Â£20m.
Arsenal are closely monitoring McCarthyâ€™s situation after
long-term target Morgan Schneiderlin joined Manchester
United from Southampton, while Tottenham are understood
to be 'pushing hardâ€™ for an agreement with Everton.
Tottenham remain slight favourites to sign McCarthy should
he leave Everton, with the player wary of limited starting
opportunities if he signs for City instead.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes McCarthy
would be well-suited to the clubâ€™s tactics due to his high-
energy playing style.
The north Londoners also hope to use Evertonâ€™s interest in
Aaron Lennon, who spent six month on loan at Goodison
Park last season, to broker a deal.
McCarthy followed Everton manager Roberto Martinez to
the club from Wigan in 2013 for a Â£13m transfer fee.
He has been one of the Toffees' key players over the last
two seasons but has been upset that the club reneged on
repeated promises to discuss a new contract in the last
McCarthy has been particularly annoyed to see a number of
team-mates, and even manager Roberto Martinez, handed
new deals in that time, while new signing Tom Cleverley is
on a significantly more lucrative contract.
McCarthy made 28 Premier League appearances for
Everton last season and is currently with the squad for their
pre-season preparations in Singapore ahead of the Asia
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