Chelsea are waiting to pounce with a huge offer for goalkeeper Dean Henderson should talks with Manchester United not go his way.
The Blues are currently on the hunt for a new goalkeeper after record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has fallen short of standard this season. One man named on Frank Lampard’s wish list is Henderson and, according to The Mirror, Chelsea are ready to table a very handsome offer.
Should Chelsea sign Dean Henderson?
The report states that the 23-year-old is eager to play for Man United but will be looking elsewhere if David de Gea proves to be unmovable in goal.
Henderson will return to Old Trafford after enjoying a second season on loan with Sheffield United. His contributions in the net have helped the Blades finish inside the top 10 in their first spell back in the top flight since 2007. He has definitely proven he can handle the Premier League, but a decision now weighs heavily on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoulders.
De Gea hasn’t long signed a new deal, meaning the likelihood of him being dropped is quite far off. However, Henderson’s performances cannot be ignored and, if agreements can’t be met, his time in Manchester could be up.
Chelsea are willing to offer United £55m for the Englishman in hopes to lure in their replacement for Kepa. They have also prepared a contract worth £170,000 per week, which will see Henderson become the club’s top earner (via Spotrac).
The Blues are desperate for a new number onein goal, with Kepa’s stats proving to be extremely underwhelming for a side that has just finished fourth in the table. According to Sky Sports, the Spaniard has the lowest save percentage out of every other goalkeeper to play a minimum of 20 games this season.
Henderson, despite currently being valued at only £13m, kept the third most clean sheets this campaign with 13 and made a total of 97 saves. Kepa, on the other hand, managed just eight clean sheets and made only 55 saves (via Premier League).
Man United run a very real risk of losing Henderson this summer unless they can give him what he wants. Meanwhile, Chelsea will continue to circle until their window of opportunity arises.
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