July 18, 2024

Worrying reason behind Man Utd transfer delay revealed, with Prem switch now at risk

Why a transfer between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest has been put on ice has emerged, with a late-window switch now under a cloud.

The future of Dean Henderson is a topic that has bubbled away under the surface for many a year at Old Trafford.

Now 26, Henderson craves regular game-time and that’s something he rarely got when David de Gea was at the club.

However, not even De Gea’s exit has afforded Henderson a chance to shine, with Erik ten Hag instead moving for Andre Onana who is now the club’s undisputed No 1.

Man Utd trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Dean Henderson

Henderson has ambitions of breaking into England’s Euro 2024 squad and to achieve that aim, he must play regularly and to a high standard at club level.

Henderson shone while loaned to Nottingham Forest last term. However, a thigh injury that ultimately required surgery to correct ruled him out for the latter half of the campaign.

Forest do retain hope of re-signing Henderson to a permanent deal despite already moving for Matt Turner.

The USA international is the subject of a £10m (£7m plus £3m in add-ons) move that will soon be announced

Per the outlet, Man Utd are concerned Henderson could re-aggravate the thigh injury if put through his paces in a ‘strenuous medical’.


Man Utd trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Dean Henderson

United don’t wish to see a transfer torpedoed due to an issue that will resolve itself given time. They also don’t want to run the risk of re-injuring one of their players by way of rushing through a transfer.

As such, the proposed move is on hold until Henderson is sufficiently recovered to the point where a medical will be risk-free.

The Sun conclude Henderson to Forest could still materialise, though it’ll be a late-window affair if it does go through.

If Henderson does depart outright, he’s expected to fetch a fee in the £20m-£25m range.

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