Over the last 24 hours, both Glasgow Rangers and Cardiff City have been linked with summer moves for Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur but to me, it looks like a simple case of the press putting two and two together to get five.
A couple of weeks ago, there were plenty of people suggesting that Jimmy Mac’s contract was set to expire when the 2017/18 season came to a close but when the man himself made an appearance on the Five Year Plan podcast soon after, he put those stories to bed completely by telling the lads that he still had two years left to run on a deal he penned back in 2016.
Prior to that, speculation had been raging over a potential move north of the border to join Rangers, the club Jimmy had supported as a boy. Of course, it’s a romantic idea but in reality, it’s not a move that makes much sense from a practical perspective.
Still just 30, Jimmy has made 38 appearances for the Eagles this term, proving to everyone that he remains a key part of Roy Hodgson’s plans heading into the 2018/19 campaign. Indeed, with Yohan Cabaye out of contract and Ruben Loftus-Cheek seemingly on his way back to Chelsea, I’m sure the prospect of losing the former Wigan man is something Roy Hodgson isn’t even willing to entertain.
Aside from the important role he still has to play in the Palace first-team, his weekly wage (rumoured to be around £50,000 a week) is almost certainly out of the price-range Rangers can comfortably afford. He may have loved the club in his youth but is he likely to cut his pay packet in half to play in an inferior league whilst he’s at the peak of his powers? I doubt it.
The link to Cardiff also smacks of guesswork rather than a genuine lead to me, given the fact Neil Warnock was the man who brought McArthur to Palace in the first place. With the Bluebirds having just won promotion to the top flight, journalists everywhere will be looking leads over who the Welsh outfit will be targeting in the summer window and on the face of things, Jimmy will look like a feasible option to the uninformed masses.
Whilst football transfers are and always will be unpredictable, this one looks to be something of a non-starter from my point of view. If anything changes, I’ll do my best to let you know ASAP.