Everton monitoring Manchester United’s Michael Carrick

Everton are exploring the possibility of signing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick this summer. According to Andy Hunter’s report in The Guardian, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez would be keen to offer the former England international a deal should United not extend his contract at Old Trafford.

Bought from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 for £18m, Carrick has racked up 286 appearances and 17 goals over a decade of service for the club and is currently vice captain. At 34 years old, Carrick would only receive yearly extensions to his current deal as per United’s policy for players over 30 years of age, but as of yet, no deal appears to have been offered.

Martinez could certainly find a use for Carrick’s calming influence and ability to run proceedings from midfield, whilst his 32 appearances for United this season suggest he still has a part to play at the club. Once the identity of the club’s manager for next season is confirmed, be it Van Gaal or otherwise, Carrick’s long-term future at United should become clear.