Manchester United will look to loan Dean Henderson out again this summer – but it could be abroad, rather than to a Premier League rival.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who suggest that the England Under-21 keeper could sign a new contract at Old Trafford.
United awarded Henderson a fresh deal last summer, before loaning him out to Sheffield United for a second season in a row. However, if they loan him out again this season, he will only have a year left on his deal by the time he returns.
Therefore, they are looking to give him a new contract before loaning him out again. Henderson will earn a payrise as a reward for his performances with Sheffield United.
While the Blades are keen to keep him for a third season, they are growing impatient. The South Yorkshire club have begun negotiations with Bournemouth for Aaron Ramsdale as an alternative, but are £10m short of the Cherries’ £25m asking price.
Other Premier League clubs have also outlined Henderson as a potential target. Chelsea, for example, are looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
However, the Mail say it is “unlikely” that United would let Henderson join a direct rival – with Arsenal also interested. In fact, the report claims Henderson could be more likely to go abroad.
United want Henderson to develop experience at a club who use a similar style of football. That’s because they still believe he can succeed David De Gea in the long-term – but they are unlikely to offload the Spaniard.
Henderson wants to play as a first choice somewhere in the build up to next summer’s Euros, though. Therefore, he is likely to leave on loan to get the experience he needs to become England’s number one.
SOLSKJAER ADMITS DIFFICULT GOALKEEPER SITUATION
Earlier this week, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he has a difficult situation on his hands with his goalkeeping department.
If Henderson returns, he will join up with De Gea, as well as Sergio Romero and Lee Grant.
And Solskjaer knows he won’t be able to keep De Gea, Henderson and Romero all happy.
“It’s difficult, but it’s a nice problem to have,” he said.
“Competition for places is important. We are looking to have competition for places.
“We have Dean, Sergio, David in the ranks. Lee, the fantastic pro that he is, is backing them up.
“It will be difficult to keep three of them at the club, so we will see what the decision will be there.”