Arsenal lead race to secure Manchester United star in shock summer transferPublished February 06, 2017
Arsenal have emerged as surprise frontrunners for Michael Carrick as the Manchester United midfielder heads for the Old Trafford exit door.
Carrick, 35, has less than six months to run on his current deal with the Red Devils, with the club currently weighing up whether to offer him an extension.
On Sunday, Jose Mourinho hinted that while he holds the veteran in high regard as a footballer, a new deal may not be forthcoming due to his age.
“Let’s be honest. I have seen many positives in Carrick,” he told reporters after the 3-0 away win at Leicester City. “But I cannot go to his identity card and delete five years. Michael is not 30.”
Back in November, he also said: “We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest.
“I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season. That’s life.”
And as doubts hang over his future, Arsenal are reportedly prepared to offer Carrick a lifeline to prolong his career at the top level.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Arsene Wenger is keen to add a player of Carrick’s experience to his creaking midfield, with the United star’s technical ability also a big plus for Wenger given Arsenal’s expansive style of play.
Carrick has started just 10 Premier League games so far this season for the sixth-placed side, however, his return to the team has coincided with a strong run of form from Mourinho’s men, who are now unbeaten in 15 league matches- the longest streak of its kind in Europe’s top divisions.
He did not feature in the win over Leicester last weekend, but does have 34 caps for England; the last of which coming against Spain in 2015.