Manchester United are pondering selling David de Gea this summer, with Dean Henderson expecting to get the nod as the club’s new No.1.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer refused to reveal why De Gea was missing for United’s third successive goalless draw on Wednesday. Personal reasons was the official line from United.
Now though it has transpired that De Gea has returned to Spain to be with his pop star partner Edurne Garcia, who is expecting their first child.
The Daily Mail says Solskjaer has decided it would be better for De Gea to stay in Spain until after the international break. De Gea apparently would prefer to carry on playing, but Solskjaer’s surprise decision looks set to give Henderson an extended try out ahead of next season.
It means Henderson will get a run of at least five games to convince Solskjaer he can be his main man next season. With that in mind The Sun says United are “now considering selling De Gea in the summer”.
England starlet Henderson was hoping to push De Gea for the top job this season. His appearances though have been mainly limited to the cup competitions, until midweek.
He penned a new six-year deal last summer, and there has been reported interest in the former Shrewsbury man.
Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, are understood to be keen on Henderson.
United though, as per the tabloid, have no intention of selling the younger of the two keepers. Instead they suggest time is running out for De Gea, who is the club’s highest paid player on around £375,000 a week.
The former Atletico stopper will have two years left on his contract in June, and the paper claim United could ask for £50m for him.
Lindelof dishes out praise
Meanwhile, defender Victor Lindelof has praised his team-mates for helping keep three clean sheets in a row in all competitions.
United have faced criticism for their lack of intensity in recent 0-0 draws with Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
In addition, they have only won two of seven Premier League games since the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
Nevertheless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s United have kept three clean sheets in a row including the 0-0 Europa League draw with Real Sociedad.
As such, Swedish defender Lindelof feels that his side have completed their “main objective”.
“Yeah, obviously as a defender you want to help the team get clean sheets – that’s always the main objective that we have,” the 26-year-old told MUTV.