Manchester United stopper, Dean Henderson, is reportedly only interested in a return to Old Trafford if he is guaranteed the number one spot.
Henderson has been in fine form for Sheffield United this term. He’s kept an impressive eight clean sheets so far. He’s in his second spell with the Blades, with Chris Wilder admitting he is open to taking Henderson on another loan spell next season.
And while Wilder says there is no chance of a permanent deal as things stand, Henderson has apparently opened the door for a move.
According to reports from the Manchester Evening News, the 22-year-old ‘keeper does not want to play second-fiddle at Old Trafford.
But with David De Gea under contract under 2023 and Sergio Romero still on the books, Henderson faces an uphill task. That, then, means the door could potentially be ajar for the Blades to make their move.
Henderson has seen his stock rise this season. With England due to play in Euro 2020 this summer, there have been calls for him to perhaps be selected over Jordan Pickford.
Keeping a place in the England squad will be crucial to Henderson in the long-term. If he does indeed stay at Old Trafford and warm the bench, those chances diminish somewhat.
A mammoth fee
While this is good news for the Blades to an extent, it’s still hard to see a permanent deal being concluded.
Henderson would command a huge fee to leave on a permanent basis. If Man United do want to sell, then you’d expect there to be a number of more financially powerful clubs in the race alongside the Blades.
However, the longer this rumbles on the more Chris Wilder will fancy his chances. Henderson is already loved at Bramall Lane. That in itself could hold some sway when it comes to a move to Sheffield.
If Dean Henderson is shunned at Old Trafford, then we should fully expect the Blades to make a move of sorts.