Sheffield United are close to signing Aaron Ramsdale, with BBC Sport reporting Bournemouth have accepted an £18.5m offer.
It will see Ramsdale return to Bramall Lane after leaving for the Cherries in January 2017 for £1m. The price takes into account a 15 percent sell-on fee owed to the Blades.
It also effectively ends United’s pursuit of Dean Henderson. Henderson is back at Manchester United having enjoyed two successful years on loan under Chris Wilder.
It had been hoped the goalkeeper would return to South Yorkshire for a third season. However, it seems as if the issue stopping that happening is money.
The Red Devils are ready to let Henderson leave on loan again, but would want any club that signs him to pay the majority of his wages. With a new £100,000-a-week contract reportedly about to be signed, that prices the Blades out of a deal.
They had also grown impatient with Man United and instead turned their attention to Ramsdale.
Why Ramsdale at £18.5m was the right call
There has been a certain amount of backlash from fans on social media about the fee for Ramsdale. It will be the third highest the club has ever paid for a new player.
Henderson is also a hugely popular figure at Bramall Lane, having played a key role in their promotion from the Championship and impressive first season back in the Premier League.
Yet it is that form that means the Blades will never sign the 23-year-old permanently. That was once the hope, but Henderson is now seen as the future number one at Old Trafford.
According to the Sun, David de Gea will keep that position for at least one more year. But, at some point, Henderson will take over from the Spaniard.
Until then, with the Blades out of the running, he is likely to be loaned to a European side for 2020/21. Some supporters may see that as a missed opportunity. Yet signing Henderson again would actually only be delaying the inevitable.
The England Under-21 international is never going to be a permanent Blade. It simply isn’t affordable.
They would therefore have been foolish to pass up the opportunity to sign another young and exciting English stopper like Ramsdale, in favour of Henderson.
At least now Wilder can build his defence around a ‘keeper the club own and can reap the rewards of their development.
Henderson has been brilliant, but it’s time to move on.