United To Complete Their First 2021 Summer Signing On A Free Transfer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures after the match.

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Tom Heaton will return to Man United and will likely be their first signing this summer.

The Englishman had fallen down the pecking order at Aston Villa ever since his injury and the arrival of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal. The South American immediately improved Villa’s defence and ended the season as one of the top-performing goalkeepers in England – making himself the undisputed first-choice keeper at the club.

Further, with Akos Onodi having shown promise, the Lions decided they no longer required the former Burnley man’s services and released him.

However, the veteran’s career has not come to an end as United have struck a deal to sign him on a two-year contract, along with an option to extend it by another year.

A medical has already been scheduled, with Heaton set to sign as a new Red Devil in the coming weeks. This could be an indication that both Lee Grant and Sergio Romero are likely on their way out of Old Trafford as the new third-choice keeper behind David De Gea and Dean Henderson arrives.


The shot-stopper will be returning to Manchester after over a decade, having left the club without making a single appearance following his promotion from the academy.

The England international found greener pastures elsewhere, becoming vital to the promotions of Cardiff City and Burnley into the Premier League.

The Red Devils have quality keepers in De Gea and Henderson and thus on-the-field action will likely be very scarce for the 35-year-old.

Nevertheless, entering the climax of one’s career at their boyhood club and that club being as prestigious as United is definitely something to be proud of. Now, all that is left to be seen is what will come of Grant and Romero.