Chelsea ‘better off’ signing Henderson alternative with Man Utd ‘reluctant’

Date published: Monday 16th March 2020 4:19

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Chelsea should sign Ajax’s Andre Onana over Manchester United’s Dean Henderson if they look to sign a goalkeeper in the next transfer window, according to ESPN pundit Gabriele Marcotti.

There has been uncertainty over whether Chelsea will try and retain the services of Kepa Arrizabalaga after Frank Lampard decided to drop him for Willy Caballero recently.

The Spaniard played in their last two matches – a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup and a 4-0 demolition of Everton in the Premier League – after going through a six-game exile from the starting line-up.

Henderson – who is currently on loan at Sheffield United from Man Utd – has been linked with a move to Chelsea, while Onana is also a reported target.

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And between those two, Marcotti reckons Chelsea should go for Onana because Man Utd could be tricky to deal with over any potential move for Henderson.

“Between those two I think, first of all, let me say Kepa played the last few games including the games against Everton in the league it looks like the worst of it is over there in terms of the relationship between him and Lampard,” Marcotti told ESPN.

“I think also from Chelsea’s perspective they only give up on Kepa if the relationship with Lampard is indeed healed, and it certainly looks that way, if they have a buyer.

“They’re not going to keep him on the bench and I think it’s very hard because most top clubs aren’t looking for a goalkeeper right now.

“That said, if you had to pick between Henderson and Onana, I would lead Henderson but you know what, Henderson means you have to deal with Manchester United, who are going to be extremely reluctant to sell him to another Premier League rival.

“Henderson is saying he doesn’t want to sit on the bench behind David de Gea so personally I think you’re better off with Onana.

“I think that seems to be easier but I still think Kepa’s going to stick around.”

 

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