Newly appointed Derby County manager Phillip Cocu is keen to offload goalkeeper Scott Carson in the summer transfer window, the Daily Mirror’s Transfer Blog (17/07, 13:33) have reported.
Carson lost his place as Derby’s number one to Kelle Roos last February, and with 24-year-old Jonathan Mitchell being given his chance to prove himself in pre-season, it is thought that the former England international is now surplus to requirements surplus to requirements at Pride Park.
The 33-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with the Rams, where he is said to be among the highest earners at the club.
If Carson is to leave Derby this summer, then one possible destination for the goalkeeper already appears to have emerged, with the Lancashire Telegraph reporting that the Rams’ Championship rivals Blackburn are considering a move for the ‘keeper to replace David Raya, following the Spaniard’s move to Brentford earlier in the summer.
In total, Carson has made 171 appearances in all competitions for Derby in all competitions since joining from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2015.
I can understand Derby’s approach here.
At 33-years-old, Carson is probably approaching the latter stages of his career, whereas the likes of Roos and Mitchell are approaching the peaks of theirs, meaning they are arguably more obvious choices for the Rams going forward.
If that is indeed the case, then it doesn’t make sense to keep one of the club’s highest earners stuck on the bench or the sidelines, eating into the wage budget for nothing.
With Carson’s contract also set to expire at the end of next season, this also represents the Rams’ last chance to receive a fee for the goalkeeper, so it may be a smart move to look to do that while they still can.
Given one Championship side in Blackburn have already taken an interest in Carson, you can’t see the former England international being too short of offers if he is indeed moved on by Derby this summer.