Everton are ready to sell midfielder James McCarthy this summer if their £10million-plus valuation is met, Football Insider understands.
The Republic of Ireland international, 28, worked his way back to full fitness in the second half of last season after suffering 18 months of serious injuries.
McCarthy couldn’t force his way back into the team and an Everton source has told Football Insider that manager Marco Silva has given the green light for him to be sold.
The club value McCarthy in excess of £10million given his extensive Premier League and international experience, although they are unlikely to get more than that as his contract expires next year and he missed so much football in the last two years.
He made just six appearances in 2017-18 and only one in the last campaign, and he is now way down the central midfield pecking order.
Everton converted Andre Gomes’ season-long loan into a £22million permanent transfer this summer and he is set to join Idrissa Gueye in the first choice central midfield partnership.
With Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies also pushing hard for first-team places, that means McCarthy is no better than fifth choice for the central midfield roles.
Everton expect interest in McCarthy from lower Premier League clubs, given that he has made 223 appearances in the competition, for Everton and former club Wigan Athletic.
The 41-times international signed for Everton for £13million from Wigan in the summer of 2013.
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