Arsene Wenger eyeing shock deal for midfield veteran
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be eyeing up a shock deal to bring Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners manager is plotting a midfield overhaul in the summer, with Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini all expected to be released at the end of their contracts, resulting in Wenger bringing in some new faces.
The Frenchman started the process in January by signing Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel, but according to today’s reports, he also wants to sign United veteran Carrick.
The 34-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season, and with the future of the manager still in doubt, there have been no talks between the club and the midfielder.
Carrick has been tipped to complete a move to the MLS in order to end his career, but with Arsenal reportedly keen, he could be tempted to make a return to London.
Carrick Out of Favour
Due to Louis van Gaal‘s spending over the summer, Carrick has seen his first-team opportunities limited, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin all competing for the midfield roles.
With his contract set to expire in a few months time, it’s reported that he will leave the club in order to play regular football.
Wenger has tried to land Carrick previously, once before he joined Tottenham Hotspur back in 2004 and once before he joined United in 2006.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt