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Name: James McCarthy
Position: Central Midfielder
Possible Destinations: Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool
Projected Transfer Fee: £15-20 million
Although McCarthy chose to play internationally for the Republic of Ireland, he is still a British player. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, the Wigan star had the option to play for the Scottish national team. Even though he plays for a country outside of the United Kingdom, McCarthy qualifies as a lesser-known British footballer.
The Wigan star has been sensational this season, earning rave reviews for his determined style of play in the middle of the pitch. McCarthy boasts exceptional tackling technique, breaking up opposition play and launching counters. The Republic of Ireland international shows good composure on the ball, connecting and combining with teammates well. Only 20 years of age, McCarthy has the potential and tools to become one of the top midfielders in English football.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all shown serious interest in signing the Wigan midfielder. McCarthy has been a standout performer this season, and has the quality to excel in a top English side. If Cesc Fabregas finally makes his dream move to Barcelona, Wenger could turn to McCarthy as a more physical, defensive-minded midfield option to play alongside Jack Wilshere.
Chelsea and Liverpool are other possible destinations, but it will be difficult for the Wigan star to find first-team football in their crowded midfields. McCarthy is still young, but he has the skill-set and intangibles of an elite British midfielder.