Carlton is meeting with Greater Western Sydney today in a last-ditch play for Dylan Shiel, according to the Herald Sun.
Shiel nominated Essendon as his club of choice last week.
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The report states the Bombers and Giants remain locked in a stalemate for a potential Shiel deal, a situation the Blues have been monitoring closely.
GWS is demanding two first-round selections for Shiel, who is contracted until the end of the 2019 season.
It is understood that Essendon are only prepared to give up Pick 9 and some later picks, including Pick 34, their second-round selection.