Manchester United are set to tie down Dean Henderson to a new deal at Old Trafford.
The Sun newspaper reports that the 23-year-old, who was called up to the England international squad for the first time in October 2019, is in line for a new, four-year contract.
The deal will almost double his £60,000-a-week wages to around £100,000 a week, and there will be an option for United to trigger an additional year on the deal should they wish.
It leaves David de Gea’s long-term future at the club after two years of worryingly shaky form, and Henderson is unlikely to want to stay at the club if he does not see a way through to claim the number one spot in the near future.
Another loan to Sheffield United has been suggested as a way to postpone any conflict, and perhaps to find a club willing to take on De Gea’s wages once his contract has one fewer week on it, and when clubs have had another 12 months to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Although Chris Wilder has added Aaron Ramsdale from Fulham, he is believed to be willing to entertain Henderson coming back to his side for a third season-long loan.
It would be difficult to see Henderson stay at United next season if there is not a change to at least one of the goalkeeping positions at the club. Lee Grant is an experienced third goalkeeper who rarely features for the first team, and Sergio Romero could be considered the best reserve goalkeeper in the Premier League - something that has seen him linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks.
Chelsea were also believed to be keen on Henderson as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the Sun claims no contact has been made between the clubs.