Surprise reports emerged this week suggesting Manchester United could sign Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham, with Erik Ten Hag a big fan. This surely gives Spurs the perfect chance to bring in Dean Henderson.
Bergwijn, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to Ajax – where Ten Hag remains manager and will do so until the end of the season. But multiple reports indicate that the Dutchman has agreed to replace Ralf Rangnick.
The Courier reports that Ten Hag is keen to bring Bergwijn to Old Trafford, with a £20m fee required to tempt Spurs. But perhaps a fee may not be required to sign the Dutch international in the coming weeks.
Ten Hag saw Bergwijn score a brace for his country against Denmark last international break – and is confident he could improve United’s attacking resources. But Spurs should have a swap deal in mind.
Henderson in, Bergwijn out: The perfect swap deal for Tottenham…
The Mirror recently claimed that despite handing Hugo Lloris a new contract, Spurs still have an interest in England international Henderson. The keeper is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer.
While Lloris will remain No.1, Henderson’s chances of overtaking Lloris are much more likely than David De Gea at Old Trafford – not least because Lloris may be guilty of a mistake, but because Lloris turns 36 in December.
A move to Spurs would see Henderson remain No.2 for perhaps a season or two – but even then he would have exits in Cup competition. Then he would replace Lloris between the sticks. It makes sense.
So if United intend to sign Bergwijn with Ten Hag expected to be in the dugout next season – Spurs and Fabio Paratici should use him to their advantage and bring in Henderson, with Pierluigi Gollini likely to leave.
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