The likelihood of Chelsea adding Dean Henderson to their squad this summer is rapidly fading following a recent breakthrough between the player and his parent club.
The goalkeeper could be set to sign a new long-term deal with Manchester United after reports claimed talks had advanced over the last 24 hours (via Football Insider). Frank Lampard must now return to the drawing board as he looks for another option to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Henderson spent another successful season on loan with Sheffield United, which seems to have snapped the Red Devils into high alert. According to the report from Football Insider, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co don’t want to sell to a top four rival, as they would certainly be bolstering Chelsea’s chances of gaining on them with a new goalkeeper.
Is Henderson overrated?
Kepa has fallen short of the mark for the west Londoners and Lampard likely won’t want to stick with the Spaniard moving into next season. The Blues aren’t short of ideas but, after eyeing up the likes of Jan Oblak and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, they might need to look elsewhere.
Henderson’s current contract lasts until 2022 but United want to tie him down for longer, despite it being unlikely that he will challenge David de Gea for the number one spot at Old Trafford. Football Insider claimed that he could be destined for yet another loan move, but he certainly won’t be sold to a club in transition like Chelsea.
Lampard is reportedly growing ‘frustrated’ with the lack of progress in his attempt to sign Henderson. If the England international pens a new deal with Manchester United, it’s unfortunately game over for the Blues, who will then need to shift their focus to other goalkeeping targets.
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