Mary Earps will remain at Manchester United for the time being with the club refusing to sell this transfer window, but that is not the end of the speculation surrounding the England goalkeeper’s future.
Last month, United rejected a world-record bid for a women’s goalkeeper from Arsenal for England’s No.1. United refuses to sell, even though Earps’ contract expires next summer.
Sky Sports News She knows United face a challenge in convincing her to commit her long-term future to the club.
So, what happens next? Can United find a way to convince the Lionesses goalkeeper to stay? Are you leaving in January or next summer for free? Will he move to Arsenal or another interested club?
Sky Sports News Reporter Anton Toloui Answers key questions about the future of Earps…
Why does Earps want to leave Manchester United?
Negotiations have been ongoing for at least a year on a new contract and no progress has been made.
She is the best goalkeeper in the world and wants to get her reward, be put on a pedestal and be seen as a big figure not just at the club but in the league.
There is also the Manchester United project.
Alessia Russo is gone, Una Patel is gone, so maybe she’s taking time to think: Can she? Jesse da Silva Ferreira And new players come in and make a big impact? Will Manchester United finish second, third and fourth this season and will it win major titles?
Could Earps leave in January?
Manchester United had previously turned down big money at the window, and any team wanting to sign Earps would have to not only break the world record for women’s players, but break his own as well.
They are backing themselves to convince Earps that Manchester United is the right place, that new players will settle in and that United are taking steps forward, not backwards. But they are missing a couple of their players – there is a lot of pressure on Geyse, Hinata Miyazawa, Irene Guerrero and the new players to come in quickly and challenge Chelsea.
How United start the season will be crucial to what happens to Earps next.
If United stumble in their title challenge early – you only play 22 games in the WSL, so if you fall behind early, it’s difficult to come back and mount a title challenge – United will want to avoid an Alessia Russo situation where they stubbornly turn down money for her and then lose her to rivals Arsenal for a free.
Who can replace Earps?
Manchester United want to sign a top goalkeeper anyway, and they have looked at goalkeepers who could be No. 1. They are not stupid, and they know that Mary Earps could leave next season, so they are looking for experienced top goalkeepers.
The player they want is OL Reign’s Phallon Tullis-Joyce, who has performed really well over recent seasons. They’ve spent around £100,000 on her, so they clearly think she’s a real talent and worth spending money on.
Will she come in and compete for the No. 1 spot this season and then have a great chance of being the No. 1 spot next season if Mary Earps moves on?
Why would Arsenal want Earps?
She’s the best goalkeeper in the world, and that fits in with what Arsenal are trying to do in making big signings and then bringing in young players to develop.
Manuela Zinnsberger signed a new contract last year but her contract expires at the end of the season. So they’re looking at two or three years. They know it’s the best of the best, so why shouldn’t they have it? This makes their opponents a little weaker as well, which is always fun I think.
If players like Earps are available, clubs like Arsenal will scour them. But losing the Champions League had a big impact on Arsenal, and they looked to bring in players in other areas as they already had a good player in Zinnsberger in goal.
Is there anyone else interested in Earps?
A lot of clubs are interested. We know she was offered earlier in the window for a lot of money but United rejected it. We know Arsenal’s interest has been repeatedly in the window.
Other clubs are bidding. They know that if they want to sign with the Earps, they will have to make a big contract offer so they don’t want to invest a lot of money in a fee.
You can expect a lot of big clubs to come in next summer for Earps if he is available on a free.
The WSL starts on October 1
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Some WSL teams have already begun their pre-season training, and England players are expected to return to their squads in the next two weeks, before regrouping for the UEFA Nations League.
After the Lionesses won the European Championship last year, ticket sales broke records across the WSL, with many hoping this summer’s World Cup campaign, in which they reached the final, will draw more eyes to the league.
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Key dates for the 2023/24 season
- Barclays Women’s Super League opening weekend: Sunday 1 October
- Barclays Women’s Championship opening weekend: August 26 – August 27
- Women’s Continental League Cup Final: March 30/31
- Barclays Women’s Championship Final Weekend: Sunday 28 April
- Women’s FA Cup Final: 11/12 May
- Barclays Women’s Premier League Final Weekend: Sunday 18 May