Manchester United gambles over Dean Henderson’s Transfer, Prices Him at 40 Million

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After what seemed like a long dilemma over a transfer decision, Manchester United will finally loan away from the goalkeeper Dean Henderson at 40 million. However, the club will pay a portion of his weekly wage of 120,00 dollars, if he leaves on loan, prior to the commencement of the new season. The amount is speculated to be half his wages, which is 60,000 dollars. 

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Earlier, there had been talks about transferring Henderson to Newcastle on loan in January 2022, but it had evidently been halted by Man U’s refusal to sell this young keeper, in the middle of the season. 

Dean Henderson had signed a five-year contract with Man U in the summer of 2020 and was meant to be the replacement of the no.1 goalkeeper of United, David de Gea, as per the wishes of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Unfortunately, due to injury, corona, and de Gea regaining his mojo, Henderson could manage to make barely 3 appearances on the field at Old Trafford. 

It seems like the departure is going to be tough for Henderson, who had been training at Manchester United’s academy since the age of fourteen. Having played for short periods with Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County, he signed a contract with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United in 2018. It was no wonder he was a regular at Bramall Lane given the fact that the team soon got promoted to Premier League.

His stunning performance with the Blades caught the eye of Ole Gunnar, who invited him back to Manchester United, intending for him to be a replacement for David de Gea, as United’s no.1. However, due to the reasons cited above, his stint at the Red Devils was not much of a success, and he requested to be loaned out in January 2022. Ralf Ragnick, the manager of the club for the interim period, had refused the proposal, and the youth was kept wasting away on the bench. 

Nevertheless, things might get better for Henderson in a new club, after June, particularly because of Fulham and Newcastle, along with Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, and West Ham, who have shown considerable interest. If the player shows a remarkable performance when on loan, then United would be able to make the transfer agreement permanent and demand a hefty fee. 

In the meantime, Tony Cotton, the goalkeeper scout of Manchester United, is looking for the no.2 and no.3 backups to David de Gea for the upcoming season, thus confirming that Henderson is not in their plans in the near future and that they are viewing his exit as an opportunity to welcome new entrants into the club. Yet, this might not be the final say over Henderson’s future, as it depends upon the imminent new manager, Erik Ten Hag, who will have the last word upon the entries and departures once he joins this summer. 

If the transfer materialises, Henderson will become the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of English football, eclipsing Aaron Ramsdale, Henderson’s former colleague, who transferred to Arsenal for 30 million dollars. 

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