Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal, reports The Sun.
It’s understood that the Gunners are keeping tabs on the 35-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, after Jose Mourinho refused to give assurances on his future.
Although the England international has been a key performer in recent years for United, Mourinho cannot guarantee that he will offer him a new deal:
“Look, let’s be honest, I see many positive things in Carrick but I cannot go to his identity cards and delete five years. He is 35, he is not 30.”
It’s thought Arsene Wenger is keen admirer of the ex-Spurs and West Ham midfielder, and the Gunners boss is looking to bolster his defensive midfield options next season. Wenger does have a few options already in this department, but it’s believed he wants to add experience in the mix and that’s where Carrick comes in.
Carrick has made 17 starts in all competitions for United so far this season, but has a few others in front of him in the pecking order. Mourinho will now assess how important the midfielder’s influence is to his squad before deciding on his future.