Newcastle United’s search to sign a new goalkeeper this summer could send Karl Darlow to Manchester United.
The 31-year-old has spent most the season playing second fiddle at St James’ Park. Illness robbed him of the chance to start the campaign as Newcastle’s number one, with Martin Dubravka out injured.
Darlow instead had to wait until the fifth game of the season to replace the struggling Freddie Woodman in between the sticks.
The former Forest man remained in the starting XI until Eddie Howe’s second game in charge, with Dubravka taking his place for the November trip to Arsenal. Darlow has only played once under Howe, and hasn’t featured since the 3-3 draw with Brentford.
And amid claims the Magpies will make a summer move for Dean Henderson, Darlow might be about to slip further down the pecking order. However, Henderson possibly moving to St James’ Park could lead Newcastle’s number 26 to his new club.
Darlow could join Man United as part of Henderson deal
Henderson appears to be Newcastle’s main goalkeeper target. He’s the man Howe wants. The 25-year-old is a great stopper, and could be our number one for the next decade. As Sander Berge said in 2020, he’s ‘exceptional‘.
Newcastle were linked with Henderson in January. Back then there was talk of Dubravka moving the other way as part of a deal, but he turned them down. Now Darlow could be faced with the same decision.
According to the Sun, Newcastle will offer Manchester United the chance to sign Darlow this summer to help boost their Henderson pursuit.
It will all depend on what his ambitions are. The chance to represent Manchester United might be too hard to turn down. However, he would arrive there knowing he’s never likely to play.
He’s been linked with Championship side Middlesbrough, where you know he’d be first choice. But he’d be playing in the second tier rather than sharing a dressing room with Cristiano Ronaldo.
It certainly isn’t an easy decision for Darlow. However, he is a player who probably needs to leave Newcastle this summer. While he was ‘terrific‘ in the words of Steve Bruce during the 2019/20 season, he’s never going to be our permanent number one.
There’s no way he should stay if a new goalkeeper joins the club. Now it seems signing a new stopper could directly coincide with him changing clubs.