Any hope Sheffield United might have had of signing Dean Henderson permanently from Manchester United appears to have taken a significant hit.
Henderson's form has been one of the main reasons behind Sheffield United's ascent to the top of the Championship, with the Manchester United loanee becoming an instant fan favourite at Bramall Lane.
But according to the Telegraph, there's a chance the 21-year-old's services will be required back at Old Trafford next summer.
And with De Gea's existing deal due to expire at the end of next season, once Jose Mourinho's side have invoked their 12-month extension option, a sale could well be on the cards in 2019 - assuming the fallen Premier League giants want to avoid the prospect of losing him for free the following year.
Given that De Gea deputies Sergio Romero and Lee Grant are nearing the ends of their careers, Henderson - along with Joel Castro Pereira, the 22-year-old goalkeeper currently on loan from Manchester United to Vitoria de Setubal - must surely stand a decent chance of succeeding the Spaniard long-term.
On the plus side, Sheffield United have at least seven more months in which to enjoy the Cumbrian - and pray their Mancunian namesakes are able to source any De Gea replacement from somewhere else.
Could the Sheffield United loan star make the grade back at Old Trafford?
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