MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to ramp up the fight for the No1 keeper slot by almost doubling Dean Henderson’s wages.
Henderson, 23, is on the verge of signing a mega new four-year Old Trafford deal worth £100,000 a week.
The England goalkeeper only signed a new £60k-a-week deal last year and is a clear sign Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants him to battle David De Gea for the No1 spot.
It also means United would be splashing out £575k a week just on their goalkeepers, with Spaniard De Gea earning £350k, Sergio Romero (£70k) and Lee Grant (£30k).
Henderson had another standout campaign on loan at Sheffield United last season.
And the Manchester United academy product’s representatives have been in talks with Old Trafford chiefs over the last few weeks.
His new deal will also come with the option of a further 12 months, which can be activated at any time.
SunSport understands there had been interest in Henderson from Chelsea, but no official approach has been made.
Earlier this week, De Gea, 29, defended his position as United’s goalkeeper after insisting: “I am still the No1.
“I trust in myself. I have shown my qualities all the years. So I will just stay available for the manager.
“I’m always ready to play and try to help the team, as I have always done.”