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David de Gea or Dean Henderson to leave this summer

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Manchester United have a decision to make

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Manchester United are likely to lose one of their two senior goalkeepers at the end of this season, according to reports, with David de Gea and Dean Henderson both potential exits.

The 30-year-old Spanish international has been in dreadful form for the best part of three years, but is tied down to a huge, £300,000-a-week contract with several years left to run. That makes any sale likely to come at a knockdown fee for any potentially interested parties.

Real Madrid have Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Bayern Munich have Manuel Neuer. That leaves Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain as sides who could potentially afford him and who might believe De Gea to be a step up on their existing choices.

One possibility is that United will instead sacrifice Henderson, who the Manchester Evening News claim is wanted by Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham. The 23-year-old has rarely been picked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season but has generally been a steadier presence behind the back for than the current first team incumbent.

Henderson is apparently keen to move on to another club if he is not given the chance to take over as the senior goalkeeper at Old Trafford, despite signing a £100,000-a-week contract in the summer. There is a chance that United might let him leave on loan again in the summer, but it would only delay the resolution of De Gea’s currently untenable situation at the club.

Meanwhile, United could also see several more goalkeepers leave in the summer. Lee Grant is likely to leave or to be used only as emergency cover, instead joining the coaching squad. Joel Pereira is expected to move on, and Argentine Sergio Romero’s contract is up, meaning he will be able to sign a pre-contract now should he wish, and leave the club on a free contract this summer regardless.