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Report: Man Utd and Chelsea could be set for surprise summer transfer deal

Chelsea are looking to make Manchester United’s Dean Henderson their number one goalkeeper next season, according to the Daily Star.

The England under-21 international, who is widely expected to be named in the senior setup when Gareth Southgate announces his next squad on Thursday, has shone on loan at Sheffield United this term.

But while his performances at the Blades have left many Man Utd fans calling for him to be given a shot between the sticks next term, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has repeatedly backed incumbent stopper David de Gea to recover his form, despite a litany of high-profile errors from the Spaniard over the past two campaigns.

And that could open the door for Chelsea, who have a goalkeeping conundrum of their own.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s inconsistent displays saw him dropped for all of the Blues’ Premier League fixtures in February, although a strong showing against Liverpool in the FA Cup saw him restored to the line-up for the win over Everton on Sunday.

It seems though that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is still to be convinced by the Spain international, and that could result in a move for Henderson.

The youngster’s excellent displays have ignited calls for him to be made England’s first choice ahead of the European Championships in the summer, particularly given the erratic form of rival Jordan Pickford for Everton.

Lampard also has his eye on Burnley’s Nick Pope, although he thinks Henderson may be the more realistic option.

However it plays out, it seems certain that the former Shrewsbury Town loanee is going to be in high demand come the end of the season.

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