Dean Henderson is close to signing a new contract at Manchester United after confirming he will not be returning to Sheffield United for a third season on loan.
Henderson has spent the past two seasons on loan at Bramall Lane and earned rave reviews for his performances as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, helping the Blades to promotion to the Premier League and playing a vital role in their impressive return to the top flight.
The 23-year-old’s displays saw him called into the senior England side for the first time and Henderson has now returned to Old Trafford following a fruitful spell at Sheffield United, where he will be rewarded with a new long-term contract.
According to Sky Sports, Henderson is in ‘advanced’ talks over a new deal that will see his weekly wage rise to a figure in excess of £100,000-a-week, with the goalkeeper now expected to challenge David de Gea for a first-team place next season.
Henderson took to social media to thank Sheffield United and say goodbye to the club’s supporters on Wednesday, confirming his spell with the Blades will not be extended into a third campaign.
— Dean Henderson (@deanhenderson) August 19, 2020
Sheffield United have move swiftly to secure Henderson’s replacement after confirming the capture of Aaron Ramsdale, the England U21 international – who signed for Bournemouth from the Blades three years ago – returning to his former side from the relegated Cherries in a deal worth £18.5m.
Manchester United now face a major decision on who will be their number one heading into the new season, with current occupant De Gea having come under fierce criticism for his performances last season.
The Spain international has suffered a downturn in form and made a series of high-profile mistakes throughout the campaign, including two blunders during the club’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
Henderson will return to the Red Devils with high hopes of dislodging the 29-year-old in a new-look United side, whilst his return may also spell the end of Sergio Romero’s career with the club.
The experienced Argentine is regarded as one of the best back-up goalkeepers in world football and may now depart in search of first-team opportunities, with the Mail suggesting he could be used as a makeweight in a deal to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
Premier League rivals Leeds, Everton and Chelsea have also been linked for the 33-year-old, who is quickly closing in on a century of caps for Argentina at international level.