Michael Carrick to Arsenal? Not in a million years...

Carrick

Arsenal have reportedly made an approach to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

Fear not United fans because there are plenty of things wrong with the Gunners’ apparent approach.

Firstly, the logic behind United even contemplating getting rid of Carrick is confusing to say the very least.

He was one of the club’s best players last season which means there is very little sense in suddenly deeming him not good enough for the side under David Moyes, subsequently moving him on to one of the club’s main rivals.

Secondly, there would be no value in the deal for United because they don’t have any cover in Carrick’s position.

They can’t afford to lose him because they don’t have a ready made replacement to come in, sit in the midfield and do the same job in terms of interceptions and breaking up the play as the England midfielder.

Thirdly, there is that very issue of United selling to another Premier League rival.

One of the things which is unlikely to ever change with regards to Manchester United is their reluctance to sell their best players to teams that can hurt them domestically.

Galatasaray have also made an enquiry over the future of Carrick and United would be much more willing to sell to a foreign side before they even contemplate selling to another English club.

Fourthly, the player has never expressed any desire to leave Old Trafford and doesn’t appear to have any reason to jump ship.

The midfielder has an undoubted position in United’s current midfield and that’s not going to change, regardless of the subsequent signings which will follow at United this summer.

Carrick’s important and value to United has never been greater and that’s something he will personally be aware of and it’s a reason for him to stay put rather than looking elsewhere for his football.

Fifthly, United are in a great position to become very awkward to any clubs looking to get Carrick.

He’s 31-years-old so he’s entering the final stage of his career and despite the fact he’s only got one-year left to run on his contract, the club could over price him considerably which would put off any club looking to sign him.

What seems far more likely is that a new deal will be sorted out for Carrick at some point over the course of the season. His departure would be one of the most surprising things to happen this summer if it does take place.

What do you make of Arsenal’s bid? Would you sell Carrick?

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