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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will make his fourth attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick when his contract expires in the summer. The English midfielder has only four months on his current contract and has yet to be offered a new deal by the Red Devils.
According to the Mirror, the French manager is a big admirer of the England international and will renew his interest in bringing him to the Emirates Stadium, something he has been trying for over a decade. The report claims that Wenger made his first move in 2004 when Carrick was at West Ham United, but the midfielder joined Tottenham, and then it was United, who won the race to sign him from Spurs in 2006. The Gunners were keen to sign him before the start of the current campaign as well, but the midfielder signed a one-year contract extension to remain at Old Trafford for another season.
According to The Times, the midfielder is not fazed by the lack of talk regarding a new contract with his current employers and is willing to wait until the end of the season to make a decision with regards to his future. The Gunners boss, who is planning a midfield overhaul in the summer, is said to be confident that the 34-year-old former Tottenham star has a lot to offer in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are expected to be offloaded in the summer, which will open room for additions, and the manager is keen to add the experience of Carrick along with the robustness of Victor Wanyama, who, the report claimed is the Frenchman's primary target to shore up the midfield.
Apart from the north London club, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in signing the England international, and the midfielder, who is in the final six months of his deal will be allowed to agree a pre-contract with any club outside of England. A move to the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States to join former Three Lions colleagues Steven Gerrard and Franck Lampard has also been touted as a possible option.