Dean Henderson has almost penned his long-term future to Manchester United.
Goalkeepers at Old Trafford have always been a thing of beauty with legends like Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Saar scripting history at the side. David De Gea was certainly a brilliant name to add to that list with his own impressive accolades.
However, the Spaniard’s recent months have been nothing like his illustrious days and the high-profile mistakes he has made as of recent has led to many wondering about his future.
In that regard, De Gea himself may have competition on the way.
According to Sky Sports, Dean Henderson is close to agreeing to a new long-term contract with Manchester United.
The academy graduate bid farewell to Sheffield United where he was on loan to great success. It is certain that a third season on-loan with the Blades will not be taking place.
The alleged deal in question is reported to keep Henderson at Old Trafford until 2023 with an option to extend a further year. In terms of wages, the 23-year-old is expected to make upwards of £100,000-a-week with negotiations still taking place.
What fans will be looking forward to is whether or not Henderson will be a part of the main roster. The English international was arguably better than De Gea last campaign and it will be interesting to see the two compete for the top spot.
At the same time, the report does add that nearly seven Premier League clubs are willing to take him on loan, an option that Ole Gunnar Solskjær can certainly consider. Doing so would mean another year of valuable top-football experience for the youngster while a year can be notched off De Gea’s contract, giving him a chance to wrap up his time at Old Trafford.
In the middle of all of this, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Sergio Romero, especially if Henderson competes with De Gea and with coveted Champions League football to play.