Manchester United inquired about in-form Brentford full-back Rico Henry ahead of the transfer deadline
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have asked about the availability of Brentford’s full-back, Rico Henry, ahead of the transfer deadline day.
Erik ten Hag has already bolstered his squad this summer with signings like Andre Onana, Mason Mount, and Rasmus Hojlund.
However, with an injury to Luke Shaw, the United manager is still considering at least one more signing before the Friday deadline. The focus is on securing a new left-back for the team.
Shaw is expected to be out of action for several months due to a muscle injury. His backup, Tyrell Malacia, has also been unavailable during the initial weeks of the season.
Meanwhile, Diogo Dalot had to step in and play as a left-back in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest, underscoring United’s shortage of options in that position.
The Red Devils have been searching the transfer market for potential solutions to this issue.
This has led to speculation about a potential loan deal for Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella, as well as considering Tottenham Hotspur’s Sergio Reguilon and Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso as possible options.
Henry is another player they are looking into, as they’ve inquired about his availability. The experienced player, who joined Brentford from Walsall in 2016, played a crucial role in helping the Bees secure a ninth-place finish last season, featuring in 37 Premier League matches.
The 26-year-old has not missed a single minute of his parent club’s first three matches of the season and is considered a crucial part of Thomas Frank’s squad.
Whether United solidify their interest remains uncertain, but Brentford are unlikely to approve a sale in the remaining days of the transfer window.
The English full-back still has three years remaining on his contract, further strengthening his club’s position in any potential discussions.
Henry is expected to earn a call-up to the national team in the near future. He has accumulated over 200 appearances for Brentford and has progressed from League One to becoming a consistent PL player.
He has excelled as a left wing-back but has also showcased his skills in a traditional back four, which could be appealing to Man United, providing Ten Hag with more tactical flexibility.
However, prying key players away from Brentford is a challenging task. The club typically demands huge transfer fees, and they are not under any pressure to sell in the closing days of the transfer window.
Henry is a crucial part of the Bees’s style of play, and United would likely have to pay a significant sum for another left-back, especially when their priority is securing a midfielder.
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United are seeking a short-term solution at left-back to cover for the injured Shaw and Malacia. Therefore, spending a huge amount on a new player doesn’t appear to be the wisest decision at this time of the transfer window.