David de Gea has agreed a new six-year contract at Manchester United, reports the Manchester Evening News.
De Gea is expected to sign the new deal when the Red Devils return from China. They play Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai on Thursday in the last fixture of the pre-season tour.
The goalkeeper is already looking to the future at Old Trafford, admitting that he would be interested in becoming the club’s new captain.
According to Sky Sports, De Gea will become the best paid ‘keeper in the world. The Spaniard is set to earn between £350,000 and £375,000-a-week.
Why Blades are interested in new David de Gea contract
As the Sheffield Star reports, De Gea signing a new deal was one of the boxes that needed to be ticked before Dean Henderson could return to Bramall Lane on loan.
Manager Chris Wilder is keen to re-sign Henderson after he impressed at the South Yorkshire club last season. The 22-year-old played every minute of the Blades’ successful promotion campaign from the Championship.
Not only that, but the England Under-21 international kept the most clean sheets in the division and helped his adopted team to the joint best defensive record.
Once the future of De Gea was confirmed, then Man United wanted to tie down Henderson to a new contract. His current deal at Old Trafford also expires next summer.
Once that is also agreed then, according to the Daily Mail, Henderson can rejoin Wilder’s side for the 2019/20 term – their first in the Premier League in 12 years.
However, for the first time this summer the Blades boss did show some uncertainty over the loan. Although that could have been tactics to hurry the Red Devils and Henderson’s representatives.
“The lad wants to come, he’s told enough people on social media and he’s all over that,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“The football people at Manchester United want him to come back, I believe, and we want him to come back.
“But the deal, for whatever reason, is’t progressing at the pace we’d like. So there’s going to come a point when I have to start considering alternative options.”