Manchester United celebrated a hard-fought comeback win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but their first-half performance showed there’s a long way to go before Erik ten Hag’s men could start hoping to celebrate big titles.
United again struggled in transition as Nottingham Forest found it very easy to go from one end to another against the hosts’ unorganized and lackluster midfield and defence. Incidentally, these are the same two areas the Dutch coach is looking to address before the end of the transfer window.
The Red Devils are interested in Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella and Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, but the club’s recruitment team faces an uphill task due to the limited budget. More new signings this summer hugely depend on the outgoings. And in that regard, United have found a breakthrough.
Manchester United agree £20m deal to sell Dean Henderson
Dean Henderson was on the bench in the Nottingham Forest win, but even before the kick-off he was given permission to travel to London to complete formalities for his proposed move to Crystal Palace.
Now Fabrizio Romano has confirmed an agreement over a deal worth £20m including add-ons is in place between all parties. A sell-on clause will also be part of the deal.
The United academy graduate leaves the club permanently after six different loan spells, including two at Sheffield United. His last loan stint was at Nottingham. Steve Cooper’s side were interested in signing him this summer but couldn’t find an agreement with United and instead roped in Matt Turner from Arsenal.
Meanwhile, United are close to wrapping up the signing of Altay Bayındır from Fenerbahce. After Henderson’s exit, he will become the club’s second-choice goalkeeper.