Dean Henderson is more likely to leave Manchester United on loan this summer than in a permanent deal, with Newcastle among the clubs weighing up a move for the England goalkeeper.
Henderson has little interest in another season on the sidelines and will seek a move if incoming United manager Erik ten Hag retains David De Gea as the club’s first choice goalkeeper.
United have not received a formal enquiry from Newcastle for Henderson as yet but they are one of the clubs who are interested in the 25-year-old.
It remains to be seen if United would consider a permanent sale if an inviting offer is made but, at this stage, a loan is considered a more likely option. Henderson still has three years to run on a contract worth an eye-watering £110,000 a week and could cost in excess of £30 million.
Henderson has not given up hope of forcing his way back into the England picture before Gareth Southgate names his squad for the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year but knows he must be playing regularly and performing well for that to be an option.
He has fallen behind the likes of Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope in the pecking order and faces a race against time to win over Southgate.
Henderson’s hopes of dislodging De Gea this season were derailed after he contracted coronavirus during pre-season, with the Spaniard going on to cement his place with a series of impressive performances.
De Gea has been arguably United’s stand-out performer this season and Henderson has been limited to just three starts, none of which have come in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all returned to training on Tuesday ahead of United’s final game of a dismal season away to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Shaw has been sidelined since the start of April after undergoing surgery to remove some metal bolts from the right leg he broke in 2015 and was not certain to play against this season. But his return to training raises hope of some involvement against Palace.
Rashford and Sancho have been out since late last month with bronchitis and tonsillitis respectively but the forwards could also now come into contention for selection against Palace.