Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is on the verge of leaving the club permanently, ending his frustrating stint at Old Trafford. Henderson, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, is in talks with the club over a permanent transfer. His departure comes as United prepares to sign Andre Onana from Inter Milan to replace David de Gea. Additionally, the arrival of Onana is of great importance to manager Erik ten Hag, who wants to implement a fluid passing style from the back.
Dean Henderson Deserves Regular First-Team Football
Dean Henderson, who made his debut for United in 2015, has been vocal about his desire for regular first-team football. He has been critical of the club’s handling of his situation, accusing them of mistreatment. Last summer, he snubbed talks with then newly-appointed manager Erik ten Hag. The Englishman was convinced that an exit would be in his best interests. Henderson’s frustration led him to seek opportunities elsewhere, and he made 20 appearances for Nottingham Forest last season.
Nottingham Forest, currently light in the goalkeeping position, are keen on securing Henderson’s services permanently. Reports suggest that the club is willing to pay up to £20 million for the shot-stopper. This will help United soften the blow for the £43 million demanded by Inter Milan for Andre Onana. Consequently, Henderson’s potential move to Forest would see him become their number one goalkeeper, as they aim to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season.
Preparations for the New Season
United prepares for a clash with Lyon in Scotland and subsequent friendlies in New York. Erik ten Hag actively focuses on honing his squad’s skills to challenge Manchester City and other contenders for the Premier League title. Furthermore, he is likely to pursue additional signings to complement the £60 million capture of Mason Mount, thereby bolstering the team’s chances.
Alongside the imminent arrival of Andre Onana. Manchester United, also reportedly expresses interest in touted 20-year-old Japanese goalkeeper Zion Suzuki from Urawa Reds. The club is considering reshuffling their goalkeeping department. Focused on building a strong squad to challenge for the Premier League title alongside rivals Manchester City.
Tom Heaton initially desired a move. However, he has agreed to stay at the club for another 12 months to serve as the backup for potential signing Andre Onana. This arrangement will see Heaton move up from the third-choice goalkeeper position to become the club’s second-choice.
Manchester United has made significant progress in securing the future of key player Marcus Rashford. The Mirror reports that the club has reached an agreement in principle with Rashford over a new five-year contract. United are set to give the England international a substantial pay rise from his current £200,000-per-week deal. Rashford had an impressive season, and this development further signifies success for the team as he plays a vital role in Ten Hag’s plans moving forward.
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