After ten successful years at Old Trafford, veteran midfielder Michael Carrick looks set to depart the club with a contract extension highly unlikely and Everton look in pole position to snap up the 34-year-old, according to the Mirror.
Despite being vice-captain at the club, it’s all but certain that Carrick will be playing his football elsewhere come next season in United’s attempts of building a new, younger set-up at the club. The England international's current contract expires at the end of June and with no confirmation made regarding his future, it seems increasingly likely the Manchester side will let him depart.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is set to pounce on the opportunity and whilst possessing a team of talented youngsters, a more experienced player will have a positive effect on the club’s ambitions to clinch European football next season – and that’s where Carrick comes in.
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Although question marks will be raised over Gareth Barry’s future at the club if the transfer happens, a player who has won five Premier League titles and one Champions League is much more suited to an Everton team hungry for success next campaign.
When questioned on his future last week, Carrick had this to say: “My contract is up and I’m not sure what’s happening yet.
“I haven’t heard anything just at the moment. Hopefully I will sometime soon.
“I am not making a big deal of it. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I am quite relaxed about it.”
The move would undoubtedly be a step in the right direction for Martinez’s side and if anyone was to take a leadership role at a club with high demands, Carrick fits the bill.
This season has no doubt seen a slump in the midfielder’s impressive career and in the interest of both the club and Carrick, now seems the perfect time for a fresh start.
Despite a slight glimmer of hope he could still put pen to paper on a new deal, it looks improbable and an Everton move now looks all the more likely.