Chelsea are willing to increase Dean Henderson’s wages from around £70,000 per week to £170,000 per week to sign the goalkeeper from Manchester United, according to a report.
The Blues are reportedly targeting a new goalkeeper as part of their exciting spending plans before the new season.
Boss Frank Lampard is reportedly unsure about Kepa Arrizabalaga’s longevity between the sticks. The Spaniard has suffered from inconsistent form in his second season at Stamford Bridge.
Previous reports suggested Chelsea have already made an initial approach for Henderson, which was rejected by United due to their unwillingness to sell to a top-four rival.
According to the Manchester Evening News, however, Chelsea could go to serious lengths to secure a deal.
They are willing to increase the 23-year-old’s wages by more than double alongside offering him a staple role in the team.
While United do not want to sell to a top-four rival, the MEN adds that Henderson could force his own way out of Old Trafford.
The Englishman’s contract there runs until 2022 with the option of an extra year. However, he does not want to simply compete with number one choice David de Gea.
Henderson will return to United from his loan spell at Sheffield United next week after the protracted Premier League season ends.
He will arrive back at Old Trafford having put in a firm claim for a spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team; he could end up with 14 Premier League clean sheets, one fewer than current leader Nick Pope.
However, he will not be able to play a part in United’s Europa League campaign, which resumes in August.
SOLSKJAER IN NO MOOD TO DISCUSS DE GEA’S FUTURE
Solskjaer’s press conference on Tuesday began with a barrage of questions about De Gea’s future.
However, the United boss insisted that “this will not become a David de Gea press conference”.
The Norwegian went on to add that he is not willing to discuss the situation further amid the Red Devils’ push for Champions League football next season.