Chelsea are ready to more-than-double Dean Henderson’s salary in an attempt to lure him to the Stamford Bridge.

According to a report published by The Sun, Chelsea have identified Manchester United’s Dean Henderson as the solution amidst goalkeeping troubles at the Stamford Bridge, and are ready to offer him a massive contract.

Henderson came through Manchester United’s academy and despite showing promise could never get a chance to prove himself with his boyhood club because their posts were guarded by peak David de Gea – arguably the best goalkeeper in the world.

He was loaned to out Stockport Country in 2016, Grimbsy Town,  and Shrewsbury Town in 2017 but he finally found his feet at Sheffield United in 2018.

In his first season at the club, he became the undisputed starter under Chris Wilder who took his team to the Premier League finishing second in the EFL Championship. He was extremely impressive that season but has taken it up a notch in the Premier League, with a fairytale top 10 finish on the horizon.

A goalkeeper par excellence. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
A goalkeeper par excellence. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Henderson is not only one part of a robust and disciplined unit; he is their best player this season as well. He has not only kept the joint second-highest clean sheets this season (13), he also conceded 0.9 goals per game, which is the second-lowest in the league behind Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes. These stats among other clutch performances are the reasons he has been arguably the best goalkeeper of the season.

This has caught the attention of several top clubs, including Chelsea who are in the market to fish for a new No.1 amidst Kepa Arrizabalaga’s poor form. The Spanish shot-stopper is the world’s most expensive goalkeeper but has failed to live up to the price tag this season, conceding 53 goals in 40 starts across all competitions.

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ajax’s Andre Onana and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak have also come up as possible replacements. But Chelsea seem to have zeroed in on the 23-year-old Henderson now.

The Blues are ready to offer Henderson a massive boost to his salary, taking it from £70,000 per week to £170,000-a-week. This bumper contract might be the only thing that will be able to pull him to London as United get ready to assess their goalkeeper situation.

David de Gea has dropped in form considerably over the last two years and could be replaced by the 23-year-old who is still a United player. It will be fascinating to see how this transfer story unfolds in the coming weeks.

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