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Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is poised to walk away from Old Trafford in the summer if he is not guaranteed a permanent spot in the starting lineup.
Henderson has made just 12 appearances in all competitions this season, three of which have come in the Premier League, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to trust Spaniard David de Gea despite seeing the 30-year-old go through another slump. . form.
Henderson was keen to leave the club last summer amid fears that he would not play enough, but eventually signed a new long-term contract after being convinced that he was a critical part of United’s future, but has yet to seen a lot of evidence of that.
According to the Manchester evening news, Henderson has grown weary of playing as a substitute for De Gea and is now prepared to force a pullout from his childhood club if he is not guaranteed the starting job next year.
The 23-year-old has made it clear to Solskjaer that he is not satisfied with his current role on the team, but it is unclear if the boss will be prepared to make the change. He has always supported De Gea since his post-World Cup nosedive began and shows no signs of changing his mind just yet.
Some in the Old Trafford boardroom lament the decision to hand De Gea a £ 375,000-a-week contract in 2019 and feel it should be sold before its value depreciates further. Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham United have all expressed interest in Henderson, which is expected to cost around £ 40 million if sold.
Solskjaer has always insisted that Henderson will be United’s next starting goalkeeper once the club leaves De Gea, but it is unclear if he will make that change this summer.
Your hands may be tied by De Gea’s high salaries. United won’t want to pay a substitute goalkeeper £ 375,000 a week, but they will also have a hard time finding someone who is prepared to approach that if they hire him.
The club officials are already preparing to sit down and discuss reducing the number of goalkeepers in the club in an attempt to save some money. United spend close to £ 600,000 a week on goalkeepers, but selling Henderson would free up a lot of funds, and De Gea more.
Senior plugs Sergio Romero and Lee Grant are expected to be fired, and Grant will move into a coaching role, while academy guardians Joel Pereira and Paul Woolston could also head for the starting gate.
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