Henderson wants out of Man Utd as two De Gea replacements eyed

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Manchester United have transfer interest in Diogo Costa and Yann Sommer at a time where the futures of David De Gea and Dean Henderson are up in the air, reports say. The Red Devils are poised to examine their goalkeeping options at the end of the campaign. And while they want De Gea to stay on reduced wages, Atletico Madrid are keen on a reunion with their former No 1.

Manchester United have seen the best of De Gea over the years, ever since he moved to Old Trafford as Edwin van der Sar’s replacement back in 2011.

But with football evolving in the time since, the 32-year-old’s stock isn’t as high as it once was.

United are keen to tie De Gea down to a new contract on reduced terms, with 90min saying Erik ten Hag has been impressed by the way the shot-stopper conducts himself.

Yet if he goes, then Costa and Sommer are being eyed as possible replacements.

Costa recently signed a new Porto contract with a huge release clause but, despite that, the Portugal international remains a player of interest.

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He didn’t cover himself in glory at the World Cup in Qatar recently, cutting a nervous figure prior to his side’s elimination at the hands of Morocco in the quarter-finals.

But United appear to be undeterred and Costa, as a goalkeeper cable of playing out from the back, would tick all the boxes when it comes to Ten Hag’s ideal goalkeeper.

As for Sommer, the Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the year.

A deal failed to materialise, with the Switzerland international reluctant to play second fiddle to De Gea should he move to Manchester.

But Sommer could be persuaded into joining United should De Gea go, with the veteran keen to be a No 1 as he enters the twilight years of his career.

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The report adds that Henderson is still ‘intent’ on leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season, too.

The goalkeeper is spending the season on loan at Nottingham Forest, having grown tired of playing second fiddle to De Gea during their time at the club together.

Henderson slammed United earlier in the year, saying in August: “I didn’t want the manager to come in and be able to see me in training.

“I knew he’d probably want to keep me, so I tried to do it all before I left for the season.

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“I told all the hierarchy I need to go and play football, I don’t want to be here playing second fiddle.

“It was all planned out. I was almost gone before the manager came through the door and I haven’t spoken to him since.

“To be honest with you, it’s probably been the toughest 12 months of my career. It’s been tough, it’s been hard and I’m so happy I’ve got out the other end of it. I’m so excited to be here and ready to go.

“The conversation I had coming out of that Euros squad was ‘you’re coming back here to be the number one goalkeeper’. I got Covid, come back, I should have still been the number one, but unfortunately, no-one followed through with anything they told me.

“It was frustrating because I turned down so many good loans last summer for that reason and they wouldn’t let me go.

“So, it was frustrating. To sit there and waste 12 months, it’s criminal really at my age.

“I was fuming. But I worked hard off the pitch and on the training pitch to keep improving day in, day out.

“So I’m really excited to be here. I’m looking forward to the season with Forest.”

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