Manchester United have reportedly slashed their asking price for Sergio Romero while Leeds and Brighton are interested in Dean Henderson for a January loan move.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Manchester United are prepared to sell Sergio Romero for a cut-price sum in the January transfer window. The Argentine goalkeeper’s valuation has been halved from the price they were quoting for him in the summer.
Sergio Romero joined Manchester United from Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 and has since been an impeccably reliable deputy to David de Gea. Delivering just about every time he is called upon, the 33-year-old has superb record of 39 clean sheets in just 61 appearances for the Red Devils over half-a-decade.
However, heading into the summer transfer window, Romero found himself to be falling down the goalkeeping pecking order at Manchester United. Dean Henderson returned to Old Trafford after completing a successful loan spell at Sheffield United and was positioned to be the deputy to de Gea, who continues to be the first-choice goalkeeper.
With Romero effectively relegated to becoming an afterthought, it was suggested that he would leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window. In fact, Everton were among the clubs linked with the the veteran goalkeeper till the final hours of the window.
However, a move failed to materialise, with the report suggesting that Manchester United valued the 33-year-old at around £5 million. Suitors, though, were not willing to shell out the sum, which ultimately worsened Romero’s predicament, while United drew the ire of his wife on social media.
It has since been suggested that Romero could be set to leave Manchester United this January, and his prospects have been helped by the fact that the Red Devils are ready to halve his price tag. But, the identity of his suitors is unclear, and it remains to be see if clubs are prepared to meet United’s valuation. For now, it is clear that Romero would prefer exiting Old Trafford this January.
Meanwhile, The Sun have reported that Dean Henderson is eager to temporarily leave Manchester United once again in order to secure a place in next year’s UEFA European Championships. Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion are among the clubs interested in signing the Englishman on a loan deal this winter.
Henderson joined the Manchester United academy in 2011 from Carlisle United before graduating from the youth setup in 2015. However, it has taken five years to make grade within the first-team squad at Old Trafford, having embarked on five different loan spells in this period.
The last two of these temporary moves saw him joining Sheffield United, where he impressed a great deal. 2019/20 was Henderson’s maiden Premier League campaign, wherein the 23-year-old ended up being one of the best goalkeepers on show in the top-flight. Henderson then ended up returning to Manchester United this past summer.
The youngster has since been the second-choice goalkeeper for the Red Devils, with David de Gea having a stronghold on the no. 1 slot. And so, with each passing week, it has become clear that yet another loan move could beckon Henderson, who is eager to secure regular game-time in order to stake claim at being the first-choice goalkeeper for England at the European Championships.
To that end, it has now emerged that there are clubs who are ready to offer him the requisite first-team football. As per The Sun, Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion are both interested in signing Henderson, while Bournemouth are also exploring the possibility of a half-season loan deal.
Henderson, though, would prefer joining a Premier League club, effectively ruling Bournemouth out of contention. The final decision though, rests with Manchester United and it will be interesting to see which club they choose for Henderson to continue his progress. With Romero also linked with a January exit, a goalkeeping conundrum is on the cards for the Red Devils and it remains to be seen how they clear it out.