Transfer expert, Duncan Castles has claimed that Manchester United may be willing to let Dean Henderson join a Premier League rival in the summer, with Tottenham being one of the clubs showing interest in the goalkeeper.
Henderson has played second fiddle to David De Gea since returning to United last summer after two impressive seasons on loan at Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old has started United’s last two matches against Crystal Palace and Manchester City, with De Gea being handed permission to spend time with his family after the birth of his daughter.
Sky Sports reported last month that Henderson is Tottenham’s number one choice to replace Hugo Lloris should the Frenchman push to reunite with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
The report claimed that the Man Utd academy graduate was not prepared to spend another season as the second-choice goalkeeper and will push to leave if he is not given assurances of being the Red Devil’s number one.
However, Castles has now said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could surprise Henderson by moving him on at the end of the season and signing another reserve goalkeeper to replace him.
He said on the Transfer Window Podcast (as relayed by The Express): “You will have noted in recent weeks stories that Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are suitors of his, which I don’t think are coincidental given the pressures Henderson has been putting on the club to be paid.
“Certainly Henderson’s argument that he hasn’t had the opportunities he expected to have I think is justified.
“What I think is going to catch Henderson by surprise is the idea that United might just say: ‘Thank you very much, if you aren’t happy waiting, we’ll let you go to one of those other Premier League teams and we’ll take up an option of signing another goalkeeper from elsewhere because we’ve found what we think is the better solution’.
“That’s what they’re examining at present, I’m not saying that’s going to be the outcome, but I think the fact they’re even looking at that and talking to representatives of other goalkeepers in the European market is a telling one.”
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Spurs will likely try their hardest to hold on to Lloris in the summer and to get him to sign a new contract. Given the financial constraints due to the drop in revenue, the club cannot really afford to spend a considerable fee on a first-choice goalkeeper, given the other areas of the squad that need to be addressed.
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