Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is willing to make another attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, according to the Mirror.
The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and he's not agreed a new deal at Old Trafford as yet - which has alerted the Gunners.
Wenger is a long-term admirer of Carrick and is reportedly ready to overhaul his midfield options having come in for criticism over his signings in the middle of the park in recent seasons. Mathieu Flamini was brought back to north London and is likely to leave, while Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta could also be shown the door.
The Mirror claim that the Arsenal boss is gearing up to make a fourth attempt to land Carrick, having originally shown an interest in him when he left West Ham to join Tottenham in 2004, and when he left to join Manchester United back in 2006.
He reportedly made a third move last year, before Carrick agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Red Devils.
The paper reports that Wenger isn't concerned about Carrick's age and believes he could add some much-needed guile to the Gunners' midfield - and the Frenchman will make his move if he indicates he won't sign on the dotted line at Old Trafford.
Another option for Arsenal is Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, who is another long-term Arsenal target. The Kenyan will reportedly cost £25 million but Southampton are likely to fight his exit, meaning Wenger may turn to Carrick instead.
Arsenal could face competition for Carrick if he does opt to leave Manchester United. Paris Saint-Germain are said to be monitoring developments and could move to sign him to a pre-contract now. A move to MLS to join Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard is also possible.
Arsenal fans are likely to be highly unimpressed with their team being linked with a move for another ageing midfielder, having spent years calling for a high-end option in the class of Paul Pogba or William Carvalho.
However for now they remained focused on their team's pursuit of their first Premier League title in 12 years. The Gunners are currently two points off league-leaders Leicester with 12 games to go.
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