Dean Henderson is a wanted man after his impressive season out on loan at Sheffield United.
One report in The Sun claims Chelsea are willing to go up to as much as £50 million to try and prise Henderson from United.
Frankly they can forget it. He is very unlikely to be for sale, especially to a rival.
Henderson is United’s worst kept secret. His performances this season have put him into international contention for England.
There’s a reason he is being talked about as a £50 million player, because he’s that good.
No interest in a sale
For that reason, the fact he is highly talented, United have no reason to want to let him leave.
Even at £50 million, United have to take a long term view rather than a short term one if desperate for cash.
David de Gea is still United’s number one for now, and the best option is to loan Henderson for another season and then take a decision after that.
He is under contract for two more years with an option to extend to a third. United are in no rush.
Is there a number which should interest United?
Once you get above £60 million, the money really gets silly. Above that United might have to consider it, but not to a Premier League club. He would have to be sold abroad.
United need to look ahead to what the situation may look like in 2022.
Would the club rather have David de Gea who will be 31, or Dean Henderson who will be 25?
Henderson will be the long term option, and even now some consider he is the better player.
No amount of money should make United give up the club’s biggest insurance policy. That’s what Henderson is, he’s a ready made successor for De Gea.
If the club want money, it is De Gea who is most likely to be sold, as his departure would cut the bill, while also bringing in a big fee.
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