Romano: Simple loan on the cards for Manchester United goalie Dean Henderson
According to popular Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are set to negotiate a deal with Nottingham Forest for a simple loan without a buy option for English goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Dean Henderson joined the Red Devils’ ranks in 2013 and has progressed through the youth stages before impressing out on loan at Sheffield United and making England take notice of him. He has since returned to Manchester United but struggled to get regular game time.
This season, due to the presence of David de Gea, the English international has not been able to get any kind of significant game time and his career is stalling. The 25-year-old has played just five games this season conceding seven goals across all competitions.
Nottingham Forest’s links with Henderson in recent days opened the possibility of it being a loan transfer with an option to buy. However, it has now emerged that the deal could be a simple loan with no purchase option.
Right place at the wrong time?
There is absolutely no doubt Dean Henderson has the quality to be a Man Utd No 1 and if not for a resurgent David de Gea, he would probably be so by now.
The English shot-stopper actually took over the starting role from the Spaniard the previous season and if not for Covid and injury, he would have started the current campaign as our first-choice goalie. However, de Gea started the season well and hasn’t looked back.
The 25-year-old has since lost his place in the English national team to Aaron Ramsdale and his career seems to be going nowhere. A move this summer is absolutely essential for the talented youngster to revive his career, especially with a World Cup on the horizon.
It makes sense for us not to include a buy option in his contract. There will be a time when de Gea needs replacing and the Spaniard’s form can drop in the future.
Henderson’s presence would be valuable at that point. A loan to a PL team would also give him a chance to prove his worth to Gareth Southgate and Erik ten Hag.
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A move to Forest where he would be the undisputed starter could do the world of good for Henderson. If it could also help the newly-promoted club stay afloat in the Premier League, it will be the perfect scenario for all parties involved.