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Leicester City come calling for James McCarthy

Will Everton’s valuation of the Irish international scare off suitors?

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Given the sheer quantity of additions that Ronald Koeman and Everton are making to the squad for the upcoming season, it’s a bit of a foregone conclusion that some of the Blues’ old guard will be heading for the exits.

Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy fits the profile of a player who could be departing. Muhamed Besic is fit again, Gareth Barry has no value in the transfer market, and the rest of the midfield is locked down by Davy Klaassen, Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies, and Morgan Schneiderlin. Including McCarthy, that’s seven players for at most three starting spots.

Previously, both West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United have been deterred by Everton’s healthy asking price for the midfielder, but there’s a new suitor who might not have a problem ponying up.

Leicester City have made an enquiry for Everton midfielder James McCarthy. The 26-year-old is likely to leave Goodison Park this summer but Everton value him at £25million.


James McCarthy had a tough time finding a home in Koeman’s squad during the Dutchman’s first season at the helm. In (very) large part thanks to Martin O’Neill’s highly questionable treatment, the Irishman spent most of the year battling various injury knocks. Everton may see this as an opportunity to move on from a player who, through no fault of his own, has been somewhat of a headache.

If Leicester are well and truly interested in McCarthy, it could be a profitable transaction for both sides. The Foxes’ midfield has been in disarray since the sale of N’golo Kante to Chelsea. Could a trio of Danny Drinkwater, Vicente Iborra, and James McCarthy do the trick?

Either way, expect rumors of Goodison Park departures to ramp up in the coming days as competitive fixtures are getting closer.