Man Utd to Hold Dean Henderson Talks Next Week - Chelsea Also Interested

Adam Aladay
Jul 21, 2020, 3:09 PM GMT+1
Dean Henderson is a man in demand...
Dean Henderson is a man in demand... | Pool/Getty Images

Manchester United will hold talks with Dean Henderson next week, with the goalkeeper keen to return to Old Trafford as long as he has a fair chance of becoming the club's first-choice stopper ahead of the struggling David de Gea.

United number one De Gea put in a woeful display as Chelsea overcame the Red Devils 3-1 in the FA Cup semi-final on the weekend, the latest in a series of error-strewn performances for club and country over the last two years.

As a result of the Spaniard's poor form, there has been much talk about the role Henderson, who is currently on loan at Sheffield United, could play next season. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a very impressive season, keeping 13 clean sheets so far in the Premier League in 2019/20.

A number of fans have called for the Englishman to replace De Gea as number one for United next season, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could perhaps instead bring Henderson back to compete with De Gea in 2020/21.

The Daily Mail now report that Henderson and his representatives will sit down for talks with Man Utd officials next week in order to discuss a potential new and improved contract, as well as his future.

Henderson, who is a United fan, is 'ready' to return to Old Trafford at the end of this season - but he is looking for assurances that he will be made the number one for the upcoming campaign.

Henderson has impressed at Sheffield United
Henderson has impressed at Sheffield United | Visionhaus/Getty Images

With Henderson looking to impress ahead of next summer's Euros, he is keen to play at a higher level than he already is, as long as he gets the game time he is searching for.

The Manchester Evening News further report that Henderson is indeed 'desperate' to play for Man Utd, but if the club cannot commit to making him the first-choice, he will look elsewhere. Chelsea have been interested in his services for a while, with manager Frank Lampard still yet to be convinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The MEN further report that the west Londoners have made contact with the shot-stopper's representatives and are even prepared to 'entice' him by offering him £170,000-a-week wages, with Lampard an admirer of the player. Henderson currently earns a weekly wage of around £70,000.

Solskjaer will undoubtedly be concerned by the form of his current number one, with it being suggested that an in-form De Gea would have stopped all three of Chelsea's goals in the FA Cup. However, following the Red Devils' defeat, Solskjaer once again leapt to his defence, insisting he will stick with him despite his struggles.