Man Utd given chance to offload £30m man as Crystal Palace offer lifeline transfer interest

Ciaran McCarthy
Dean Henderson, Manchester United, August 2023
Dean Henderson during a warm-up for Manchester United

Crystal Palace have reportedly registered an interest in Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, giving United the chance to ship him out after Nottingham Forest interest waned.

United have a few players on the books whose futures are still yet to be decided this summer. Indeed, they’re seemingly keen to shift some dead weight, having attempted to sanction the departures of a few.

On that list are the likes of Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire. United had agreed a fee of £30million for the sale of the latter to West Ham, but he turned down the chance to leave. Bailly is reportedly soon to leave on a free transfer, but has also rejected a move this summer.

Henderson is another man that the club have held talks to ship out this summer.

Forest, where he spent last season on loan, had been speaking to United about a permanent deal, but United reportedly wanted £30million, whereas Forest were hoping to loan him in again, and after they signed Matt Turner, their interest has waned.

United still have an opportunity to ship Henderson out before the window closes. The Sun reports Crystal Palace are ‘making a shock move’ for the goalkeeper.

They’ve apparently been told he’s available on a loan-to-buy basis. United are obviously keen to ensure they receive a fee for him, and won’t settle for another dry loan, knowing selling now could bring them the most money.

It’s said Palace would take him ‘if the deal is right’. Currently, the report states they will ‘find it tough’ to sign him, but are ‘trying to find a solution’.

Their two free loan spaces are mentioned, so it would appear the route of a loan with an obligation to buy would be their best bet, with United wanting to ensure they make a fee from the goalkeeper they value at £30million.

Palace would then have to attempt to ensure they can drum up the right amount of cash between now and next summer, when they’d have to buy him.

It’s not stated how much the deal would be worth, but United aren’t likely to stray too far away from the price they wanted Forest to pay before they exited negotiations.

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