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Chelsea re-linked with Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson

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Young Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who was coming off of two excellent seasons on loan at Sheffield United, was one of the names rumored last summer as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea. But given his contract and overall situation, that was always going to be unlikely, and the Blues eventually decided to go forward with Édouard Mendy’s signing instead.

More than half a season later, Henderson still finds himself on the fringes of the Red Devils’ squad however, with long-time starter David De Gea still the undisputed No.1. This trend is probably unsustainable going into forward, and according to Manchester Evening News, the 23-year-old could decide to leave once again — and this time perhaps in a more permanent fashion.

Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are the Premier League sides said to be interested in the “frustrated” goalkeeper, who’s looking for consistent playing time. Henderson has made 12 appearances this season, but most of them have been in cup matches. United still claim to see Henderson as their long-term solution at the position, and the player himself wants that as well, but he isn’t going to wait around forever. Meanwhile, offloading De Gea and his reported £375,000-a-week wages will not be easy.

Henderson’s asking price is said to be £40m, which makes it quite unlikely that Chelsea would make a move and spend that much again on the position, especially given Mendy’s success thus far and our apparent desire to still turn Arrizabalaga into a useful signing.