Chris Wilder has made the frank admission that the Blades stand no chance of landing Dean Henderson on a permanent deal.
The young stopper has been in brilliant form this season for the Blades. He’s kept eight clean-sheets this term. That puts him level with Kasper Schmeichel and Ben Foster at the top of the charts.
But after admitting this week that discussions were already partially underway to land Henderson on another loan deal, Wilder distanced the club from making a permanent move for the 22-year-old.
“It won’t be on a permanent basis, definitely not. His future is at Manchester United, no doubt. If the opportunity came about that figure would be huge,” Wilder said ahead of the Blades’ clash with Millwall. (Sheffield United Official Twitter)
However, Wilder once again nodded to the fact a loan move might be possible.
“If the opportunity comes about that we could get him back on loan next season we’d be all over that. I think the one thing we have with Dean here, is his affinity and relationship with the fans”.
That relationship with the Blades fans is certainly an important factor. Just this week we saw him engaging with the Kop after saving Gabriel Jesus’ penalty.
Henderson clearly loves it at Bramall Lane. If he isn’t going to be playing at Man United next season, then Wilder might well get his wish when it comes the England stopper.
Not exactly surprising news
There’s no point kidding ourselves when it comes to Dean Henderson. Any fee to take him from Old Trafford is going to be huge.
He’s one of the best young English goalkeepers around and someone who, come next year, will have already proven it at Premier League level. Those sorts of players, unfortunately for the Blades, don’t come cheap.
Chris Wilder will, no doubt, keep banging the drum. If he gets any indication Henderson is going to be available, then expect the Blades boss to be right on it with Manchester United.
If the Blades can land Henderson for a third season, then they might have already made their best signing for next season before the summer window is even mentioned.