Date: 30th January 2011 at 10:21am
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Wigan Athletic midfield ace James McCarthy is a surprise transfer target of Chelsea according to the People, who claim Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to make a £6 million bid.

McCarthy is a real gem and was brought south from SPL side Hamilton by Roberto Martinez for just over £1 million in the summer of 2009, turning 20 last November the Republic of Ireland international has got a massive future ahead of him.

Likened by many to a young Steven Gerrard, McCarthy has been greatly missed by the Latics during time out with an ankle injury, so much so that they find themselves in the bottom three having picked up just 12 points in the 15 league games that he missed.

McCarthy was always going to go on to bigger and better things, but it was hoped that he would serve his ‘apprenticeship` with the Latics and be around the DW Stadium for another two seasons at least.

Chelsea may be too big a club to turn down but the reputed £6 million isn`t. A player of McCarthy`s age, potential and current abilities and maturity must be worth at least three times that amount.


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