Report: Aston Villa set to battle it out with PL clubs to sign Champions League winner
By Aramide Oladipo
Aston Villa are lining up a stunning move to sign Manchester United captain Michael Carrick when the transfer window reopens in January, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Villa are currently monitoring the 36-year-old’s situation at Old Trafford.
The newspaper reports that Steve Bruce will face stiff competition in attempting to lure the veteran midfielder to Villa Park as Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City are also keeping close tabs on him.
The report claims that Carrick is frustrated with the lack of game time this season and he might not even be considered as an option when he returns from his injury.
However, it is reported that midfielder has no intention of leaving the Manchester club during the transfer window.
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Carrick has now spent more than a decade at Old Trafford and he has been one of the most important players at the club during this period.
The England international has enjoyed vast success at United, lifting the Premier League on five occasions and winning the Champions League during the 2007-08 campaign.
The midfielder has only featured in United’s 4-1 victory over Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup this season.
Carrick’s current contract at United runs out next summer.
Football Insider verdict
Securing the signature of Carrick would be a massive coup in Villa’s pursuit of securing promotion to the Premier League. The midfielder has been one of the finest players of his generation and he would give Bruce’s men that added boost to achieve their goal. Villa fans have already seen John Terry make the desired impact in his first season in the Championship and Carrick would undoubtedly do the same. Although it appears unlikely that a deal will materialise, Bruce has a great relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho which could work in his favour if he plans to pursue the midfielder this January.
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