Man Utd goalkeeper 'wants to leave' club amid WSL interest in her

Manchester United are facing a battle to hold onto one of their key players.

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The Lionesses number one was subject of a record breaking bid in recent weeks and according to a report in The Athletic, there appears to be an indication that the 30-year-old would like to move clubs.

Winner of the Golden Glove at this summer's Women's World Cup, the former Wolfsburg goalkeeper has entered the final year of her contract at United and is said to be considering her options, with the goalkeeper remaining tight lipped over her own future.

As per our report earlier in the week, Marc Skinner's side have made securing the future of Earps their priority but sources close to the situation told The Athletic that during the World Cup welcome home ceremony at their training ground, it appeared to some of those present Earps did not want to be there, with her head down, she cut 'an isolated figure.'

The club have been in negotiations with the 30-year-old stopper since her Euro 2022 heroics last summer but have been unable to reach an agreement with Earps on a new deal, with concern the club could lose her for free next summer much like they did with Alessia Russo who departed in June.

Russo was subject of a £500,000 bid for the Gunners in January, though the club rejected the offer and insisted she was not for sale in the hope a new contract could eventually be agreed. When the Lionesses forward chose to move to North London just five months later, United were left without a fee for her services.

Will that impact how they approach any deal for Earps during this transfer window? Early signs suggest it won't, with the club flat out rejecting the substantial offer for her earlier in the month - though the player's stock continues to grow after she was nominated for the Ballon d'Or last week.

However, it is not just Arsenal that hold an interest in Earps, with clubs in Europe also thought to hold an interest and, with the goalkeeper able to begin discussions with teams on the continent from January, United really do face a dilemma and a decision over the coming weeks and months.

United welcomed World Cup golden boot winner Hinata Miyazawa and Brazil forward Geyse to the club this summer as they bulked up their options heading into their maiden Champions League campaign but will be desperate not to allow another big name leave the club after seeing Russo - and perhaps most importantly - right back Ona Batlle leave the club in the summer upon the expiry of their contracts.

Scotland international Emma Watson has also joined alongside youngster Evie Rabjohn and Wales centre back Gemma Evans.

It is certain to be a situation that could rumble on for some time yet and while it is expected she will remain in Manchester for the duration of this transfer window, the fact that United could lose another star name without receiving a transfer fee is certain to concern those associated with the club.