Dean Henderson is now worth at least £30m to parent club Manchester United, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Currently enjoying a second successful year on loan at Sheffield United, Henderson is being tipped by many to be England’s number one at Euro 2020.
The 22-year-old is seemingly a certainty to be included as one of the three goalkeepers in the 23-man squad for the tournament. Current first choice Jordan Pickford of Everton and Burnley’s Nick Pope are expected to join him.
Both Henderson and Pope have the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Along with Liverpool stopper Alisson, they all have nine.
Henderson is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of his idol Joe Hart with international recognition. Hart came through the ranks at Shrewsbury Town, where the Man United ‘keeper spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan.
Can Sheffield United sign Dean Henderson for £30m?
Most Blades supporters would be urging the club to pay the asking price for Henderson. His impact at Bramall Lane since first arriving in the summer of 2018 has been impressive.
Henderson kept the most clean sheets in the Championship last term to help Chris Wilder’s side the promotion. Now the England Under-21 international is part of the second best defence in the top flight in 2019/20.
Which is why, without having made an appearance for the Red Devils, they already value him so highly.
Despite having sanctioned a club record £22m (BBC Sport) for Sander Berge during the January transfer window, finding £30m plus for Henderson would be no easy task for the Blades. But smashing their transfer record again for him is likely to be widely supported among the fans.
Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a decision to make on Henderson – who has no interest in returning to Old Trafford if he is not first choice.
Does Solskjaer look to the future and drop David de Gea – who has been in poor form by his high standards this term – or allow Henderson to return to South Yorkshire?
Wilder says there is no chance of a permanent deal for the goalkeeper. Yet talks have already begun about Henderson coming back for a third successive campaign on loan.
We have previously written about why even that arrangement would arguably be the Blades’ best deal of the summer.
However, things do change and it would be a big call for Solskjaer to drop De Gea – who is under contract until 2023 and is still only 29 himself.
Henderson won’t wait around forever and knows he’s wanted at Bramall Lane by a club seriously going places.