Dutch giants Ajax are interested in signing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson on loan in the January transfer window, according to reports.
According to the Manchester Evening News, talks were held with the Eredivisie side whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge, but it remains to be seen what Ralf Rangnick’s stance is on Henderson.
The 24-year-old has only made one appearance for the Reds this season and that came in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham, back in September.
Aside from that solitary appearance, the England international has only played in two Premier League 2 matches for the club’s under-23 side.
The MEN report that Henderson is open to embarking on a sixth-month or 18-month loan going into the new year.
Henderson is expected to make his second start of the season in United’s final Champions League Group F game against Young Boys tomorrow night.
With top spot assured, Rangnick has the luxury of ringing the changes, resting key players and giving senior players, including Henderson, some much-needed game time.
Beyond the clash against the Swiss side, it’s hard to see where Henderson’s next outing will come from, barring an injury to David de Gea. The next realistic opportunity is probably the FA Cup third round clash against Aston Villa.
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Andre Onana has made one Champions League appearance since returning to the fold, following his doping ban. The Cameroon international is out-of-contract in June, and Ajax could cash in on the star, who helped the side reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
Thirty-nine-year-old Maarten Stekelenburg started the club’s first three Eredivisie games, but the former Everton goalkeeper has been out of action since, following groin surgery.
The Dutch international has been replaced in the starting line-up by his 38-year-old compatriot, Remko Pasveer, who has made 17 appearances this season.
Ajax have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stage as Group C winners and Henderson would be eligible to play in their last-16 matches.
With a contract at Old Trafford until 2025, Henderson will remain confident that he can oust de Gea as the club’s number one.
But instead of sitting on the bench, Henderson will be eager to get regular game time elsewhere, which will bolster his chances of reclaiming his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Things may have played out differently if Henderson hadn’t contracted Covid-19 in the summer. After pulling out of England’s European Championship squad with a hip injury, Henderson had planned to utilise his time in pre-season training, as an opportunity to steal a march on de Gea.
However, that didn’t materialise for the academy graduate and de Gea has recaptured his best form. With Tom Heaton signed in the summer as back-up, Rangnick and the club may sanction the loan of Henderson come January.
With previous dealings with Ajax involving the likes of Donny van de Beek and Daley Blind, as well as United’s relationship with former player Edwin van der Sar, Ajax’s chief executive, a deal for Dean Henderson, which benefits all parties could be sanctioned come January.
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