Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson won’t be joining Ajax on loan in January.
Ajax executive and former Manchester United number one, Edwin van der Sar, denies that Ajax are interested in signing the shot stopper next month.
“I’ve heard nowadays you can pay €2,000 a month and hire media agencies to throw out nice stories about players into the world,” Van der Sar told Voetbal Primeur.
“I’m talking about social media, so to speak. You are continuously linked to players, whether they come from South America or Eastern Europe. But no, this makes no sense.”
But does it really make no sense?
Henderson has only made 2 appearances this season and has the potential to be a leading keeper in the football world.
The current goalkeeper situation at Ajax is far from idea, too.
Andre Onana only recently returned from a doping ban and the Cameroon international is out of contract in June. When quizzed on whether Onana would sign a new deal at the Eredivisie club, Van der Sar added: “It’s really sad how it turned out, actually. He walks out the door so transfer-free, without us at Ajax being to blame.
“We have sat with him several times to extend his contract, including during the suspension. It has come to nothing and it hurts me personally. This is going to hurt the club too. Whether I am disappointed in him? Yes. After the arbitration case, you also expect something in return.”
Moreover, Ajax’s back-up keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is out for the season with a hip injury he sustained in August. United fans should remember that name because he was one of the keepers tipped to replace Edwin van der Sar at United before David de Gea signed.
According to the Manchester Evening News, exploratory talks over a loan transfer were held while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the United manager, but it remains to be seen what Ralf Rangnick has planned for Henderson.
My preference would be to see Henderson leave on loan next month – but not permanently because there is still a very good chance he could replace De Gea one day.