David de Gea has a battle for his spot as Manchester United goalkeeper of choice after Dean Henderson signs a new deal with the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Brighton has dealt a heavy blow to three rivals as Tottenham approaches a $ 27 million deal with a wolf star.
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HENDERSON SIGNS HEAP PRESSURE ON $ 640KA-WEEK STAR KEEPER
Dean Henderson has signed a new five-year deal for £ 120,000 per week (US $ 220,000) with Manchester United.
The Englishman signed on the dotted line following his loan from Sheffield United last season and wants to remove the No. 1 shirt from David De Gea.
The deal has the option of an additional year.
And the 23-year-old will not be loaned out next season, but rather wants to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number 1.
England goalkeeper Henderson just signed one new £ 60,000-a-week ($ 10,000) deal last year. The new contract shows that Solskjaer wants intense competition in the goalkeeping department.
It also means United will be spending £ 570,000 a week ($ A1.04m) on goalkeepers only, with Spaniard De Gea making £ 350,000 a week ($ 640,000), Sergio Romero making £ 70,000 and Lee Grant £ 70,000 30k.
A statement from United said: “Manchester United is pleased to announce that Dean Henderson has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2025, with the option to extend it for an additional year.
“Henderson, who was named for the upcoming international matches in September, is a product of the United Academy and has been with the club since he was 14.
Henderson had loaned another stellar campaign to the Blades.
He was rewarded with his first phone call in England yesterday by Gareth Southgate.
De Gea, 29, recently defended his position as United goalkeeper after insisting, “I’m still number one.
“I trust in myself. I’ve shown my qualities all these years. So I will only remain available to the manager.
“I’m always ready to play and try to help the team like I’ve always done.”
BRIGHTON’S BIG WIN IN THE RACE FOR THE DEFENSE
Brighton is expected to win the fight to keep defender Ben White at the club.
The defender has been the subject of much interest from Premier League clubs after an impressive season on loan in the Leeds championship.
But Brighton were desperate to keep the player and other teams – including Liverpool – were put off by the high transfer fee.
Leeds were dying to see White, 22, return next season but their top £ 25m ($ 46m) offer was turned down.
As SunSport revealed, Brighton have been keen to sell Don’t Know to the Yorkshire side as they believe Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be a rival in the Premier League in terms of a similar league position.
Brighton would have been willing to sell White for £ 25 million to £ 30 million as that would have been an offer they couldn’t refuse.
But Liverpool and Chelsea and Manchester United, who also showed interest, were not interested in meeting those requirements.
TOTTENHAM set aside $ 27 million to attract Wolf Star
Tottenham are reportedly nearing signing Wolves star Matt Doherty for £ 15m ($ 27m).
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are replacing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Valencia’s Thierry Correia.
Spurs are reportedly looking for a new right-back so Serge Aurier can leave if an acceptable bid is received.
And Irish international Doherty is Jose Mourinho’s main target in that position, according to Telegraph.
The 28-year-old has been with Molineux since 2010.
And the Spurs boss is said to have been particularly impressed with his performance at the Midlands since they returned to the Premier League.
Doherty played right-back in a 5-2-3 formation for Nuno last season.
However, it is unclear whether Mourinho plans to use him on a four- or five-man defense.
The Wolves are on the verge of signing a £ 20m ($ A36.5m) deal with Arsenal to sign Maitland-Niles, who can play in midfield or in Doherty’s place.
The versatile 22-year-old played a huge role in the Gunners’ FA Cup final win over Chelsea at Wembley earlier this month.
Despite the fact that he still has three years left on his current Emirates deal, one of Arsenal’s top young talents has made it clear that he is interested in joining Molineux.
Although Maitland-Niles made 32 games for the Gunners last season, he never felt himself central to Mikel Arteta’s plans and would remain on the periphery if he stayed.
Wolves aren’t going to stop with Maitland-Niles, however, and hope to land right-back Correia for less than £ 10 million ($ A18M) as well.
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