Manchester United Identify Arsenal Target As Long-Term Carrick Replacement

The perfect fit?
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The perfect fit?

Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan has long been linked with Arsenal, but recently it's rivals Manchester United who seem the more likely destination for the German midfielder. According to the Daily Mail, Gundogan has been identified by Louis van Gaal as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.

With Jurgen Klopp leaving Dortmund this summer, there is expected to be an exodus of players and Gundogan could be one of those who move on. The 24-year-old is one of the best deep lying playmakers in world football when he's on top of his game. Unfortunately, injuries have plagued his career thus far, but as he returns to fitness, clubs are beginning to lick their lips again.

Michael Carrick has long served as United's own DLP and has been, rather exaggeratedly, referred to as the English Pirlo (he's not). Carrick's role, however, is a crucial one and having a younger, more talented player in that position would improve United's ball retention and recovery immensely.

With Gundogan's contract expiring at the end of next season, he won't cost much at all. United fans will be hoping this is a deal that goes through.

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