Report: Arsenal want Manchester United's Michael Carrick: Three questions

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Arsenal are claimed to want Manchester United star Michael Carrick.

Arsenal are claimed to be interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, The Mirror report.

Carrick will be a free agent at the end of the season, and Arsene Wenger is claimed to be a long time admirer of the central midfielder.

He has been at United since 2007, winning the Champions League in his second season with the Red Devils.

Here are three questions about Arsenal's interest...

Will Manchester United now step up plans to offer Carrick a new contract?

Manchester United have not offered Carrick a new deal yet, but the prospect of him landing up at Arsenal could prompt them into action. Chelsea have regretted letting Petr Cech join the Gunners as it has strengthened a rival, and United must now contemplate whether they are better off with Carrick or playing against him. If he can do a job for Arsenal, then United could do with him in the squad too.

Will the Spurs connection stop Carrick joining Arsenal?

Michael Carrick will have options this summer, and will know that joining Arsenal could cause himself a headache. He played for bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur before joining Manchester United, and this may make him reconsider rocking up at The Emirates.

Could Arsenal be priced out of a move over wages?

The Mirror report Arsenal face competition for Carrick's services from Paris Saint-Germain. The big spending French side have the ability to blow the Gunners out of the water financially by offering a staggering wage packet to the United midfielder. With a strong chance of winning a league medal, Carrick would have to seriously consider a switch to Ligue 1.

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