Jordan Henderson’s recent exceptional form for Sunderland and England Under-21s has begun to cause a stir in the North-west, with United and City both showing an interest in the midfielder. Henderson has impressed since making his Premier League debut as an 18-year old two years ago, and his efforts could well be rewarded in January with a big-money move to one of the Manchester clubs: with the youngster rated at around £15million.
Such an amount of money would depend on the Wayne Rooney situation. Many United fans are optimistic that the sale of Rooney could bring in enough to buy two quality players (Karim Benzema and Lassana Diarra of Real Madrid being popular shouts on the forums) but there’s a good chance that the majority of any fee Rooney would bring in would go towards paying off interest on the club’s huge debt. In which case a move for Henderson would seem more likely.
United seem to face a challenge from their noisy neighbours for most of the player’s they’re linked with these days (not to mention their own players) and City’s bottomless pit of money could easily tempt Henderson into the blue half (although I think the word ‘half’ is a stretch here) of Manchester. There’s by no means a guarantee of first-team football at City, with the midfield trio of Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong and Yaya Toure in favour with Mancini at the moment. Adam Johnson, however, has proved that you needn’t be a big-money transfer to play an integral part in City’s first team.
Henderson has the quality to play for a top club, there’s little doubt about that. He might want to keep hold of role as a key part of the Sunderland side for a while, though, rather than move on to find himself bench-warming elsewhere.
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