CHELSEA are reported to have made a shock £6m bid for Irish midfielder James McCarthy ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
Yet while the 20-year-old, who made a scoring return to action last week after a lengthy lay-off, has emerged as a target for the Stamford Bridge outfit, he will seek a meeting with the Irish management on his omission from the senior squad.
McCarthy is believed to be sought by Carlo Ancellotti, and he could be a Chelsea player by the time he reports for international duty this week, not with Trapattoni’s side, but Noel King’s U21’s.
The Wigan midfielder is apparently seeking a meeting with FAI officials for an explanation on why he has been snubbed for the Carling Cup clash with Wales. Giovanni Trapattoni expressed concerns about the fitness of McCarthy following an ankle injury.
The Scot who declared for Ireland amid some controversy has reclaimed his place in the Wigan midfield but has now caught the eye of Ancelotti at struggling Chelsea.
Somewhat contradicting himself, Trapattoni has included a number of players nursing injuries such as Stephen Kelly and Kevin Foley while a host of the Irish squad continue to warm the benches at their respective clubs.
McCarthy will not link up with the senior squad because Trapattoni did not include him in his selection. The Italian has concluded that the recent return from injury has come too soon for McCarthy ahead of the Carling Cup next week.
Yet Noel King has called the 20-year-old into his U21 squad for a friendly with Cyprus in Larnaca.
Wigan are equally unhappy at the development with a club source quoted as saying.
“If he’s not fit enough for the senior squad, why is he in the U21’s?”
Only Giovanni Trapattoni has the answer to that question.