Dean Henderson has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new six-year contract.
Having spent the past two seasons on loan at Sheffield United, the Red Devils have shown their faith in Henderson with this bumper deal.
Sky Sports reports that the 23-year-old is now among the highest paid goalkeepers in world football, earning around £120,000-a-week.
This is despite the fact Henderson isn’t even guaranteed a starting place and will instead battle with David de Gea for the number one shirt.
Man United aren’t expected to send the England Under-21 international out on loan again. Instead, they will look to sell Sergio Romero – who has a year left on his contract, with the option of a further 12 months.
What Manchester United contract shows about Sheffield United’s pursuit of Henderson
After impressing during his two-year stay at Bramall Lane, it had been hoped that Henderson would extend his time in South Yorkshire.
At one point a permanent move was even rumoured. Yet that soon became unlikely as both the ‘keeper and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his long-term future at Old Trafford.
Ambition still remained to bring Henderson back on loan. But even that started to drift when it became apparent a huge new deal was being offered.
If the Blades were to re-sign Henderson, they would have to front up his wages – something they cannot afford anymore.
They had also grown impatient and needed to look at other options. That is when they turned to Aaron Ramsdale, who had just been relegated from the Premier League with Bournemouth.
Ramsdale left the Blades for Dorset three-and-a-half years ago. At the time there were a League One club and the 22-year-old was leaving for the top flight.
Now Ramsdale has returned in an £18.5m deal. It was the right call because, in truth, this new contract proves that Henderson coming back was never an option.