This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Daily Mail, Bayern Munich have Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson “on their radar” as a potential signing.
The 22-year-old has been very impressive whilst on loan at fellow Premier League side Sheffield United, helping the Blades to concede just nine goals this season in their return to the top-flight – the second-best defensive record in the league, only behind second-placed Leicester.
Despite signing a new contract with United in the summer before heading back to Bramall Lane for another season-long loan, The Daily Mail claim Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have Henderson “on their radar”, and that they have earmarked the Englishman as a potential long-term successor to current number one shot-stopper Manuel Neuer.
Make no mistake about it, the longer Henderson continues to impress at Sheffield United, the more likely it is other clubs will begin to circle around with intentions of permanently luring him away from Old Trafford. Bayern’s interest in the 22-year-old is particularly significant given the success of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, who has effectively trail-blazed a path for young British talent to find regular first-team opportunities abroad – the ex-Manchester City man has already played 71 times for their first-team.
After handing Henderson a new long-term contract, the expectation may have been that he would then go on to take over from David de Gea as first-choice goalkeeper at United – particularly when the Spain international’s future at Old Trafford was up in the air.
But fast forward a few months later, and the former Atletico Madrid man has himself put pen to paper on a fresh deal, leaving Henderson with a major dilemma on his hands. Does he stick with a dream of eventually displacing De Gea, or does he follow in the footsteps of fellow Englishman Sancho, and make the move to German in search for pastures new? If anything, United must be very concerned about letting the £6.3m-rated ace slip through their hands.