According to certain Italian reports, namely Tuttuchampions, Michael Carrick could be on the move back to the capital, the 29 year old is in his 5th season with Manchester United but is now slipping down the pecking order, so Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly ready to sell the midfielder for around £10million, and the club showing interest is his former team Tottenham Hotspur.
After coming through the prolific West Ham youth academy, Carrick moved to Tottenham at the start of the 2004/2005 season for £3.5million. Under Martin Jol, Carrick excelled and became a mainstay of the Spurs team and was vital to their style of football. Carrick was subject to a bid of £10million in June 2006 from Manchester United, a bid that was rejected by Tottenham, however Sir Alex finally got his man in a deal potentially worth £18million. During his 5 years on the red side of Manchester, Carrick became an important player in their midfield and picked up various honours including three Premier League titles and he was also part of the teams Champions League success in 2007/2008.
In more recent times however, Manchester United have been looking to strengthen their midfield and have looked at bringing in a more attacking midfielder to potentially play ahead of Anderson and Darren Fletcher and this would endanger Carrick’s first team chances. The club made a move for Mesut Ozil last Summer and it seems likely that Ferguson will go for another creative talent this Summer to aid his forwards.
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Tottenham and Harry Redknapp rate Carrick very highly and they appear keen to sign the geordie. Carrick is a fantastic passer of a football and he reads the game extremely well, he also offers good defensive coverage and plugs gaps well. He may not be the quickest across the field and he may not be a ball winner but he does his job well and can set up attacking moves from deep very quickly. Carrick is clearly a good player but the question in my mind is about the number of players Spurs seem to be amassing in that part of the field, on their books, they already have Huddlestone, Jenas, Palacios, Modric and Sandro, and that doesn’t include Van der Vaart who also plays from a central position albeit more advanced. I believe Carrick is undoubtedly a better player than Jenas and potentially Palacios, however the Honduran is a decent ball winner so he could be retained by the club, Jenas on the other hand will probably be sold should Carrick indeed sign for the club.
Financially I am not convinced by the deal, they may have sold him for more than they are buying him back for, but are they resigning the same player? Carrick will be 30 when next season begins and £10million seems an awful lot for someone in their 30’s, especially when Spurs already have Tom Huddlestone, someone who I believe does a very similar job to Carrick and is a lot younger, and with Sandro improving by the game, do Spurs really need Carrick? That doesn’t even begin to cover his injury record, which while not too horrendous is not particularly great either.
Either way, if Manchester United do sign a more creative central midfielder the writing could be on the wall for Carrick at Old Trafford and Spurs seem to be the side leading the way to his potential signature, if I was a Spurs fan however I wouldn’t exactly be jumping for joy.
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