Manchester United’s first move this summer is taking shape. Tom Heaton is expected to sign as a free agent.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that the deal is essentially closed pending medical treatment.

Romano also shed light on the contract details for Heaton. He says the goalkeeper will sign a two-year deal with an option for an additional year.

Tom Heaton will be undergoing medical treatment and signing as a new Manchester United player over the next few weeks. The deal is closed. 🔴🤝 #MUFC

Contract until June 2023 + option for another season. Here we go. ⏳ https://t.co/yTR4ONCO41

– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 30, 2021
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This type of deal makes sense as Heaton will act as a backup role for two seasons and United can then release him when he is no longer needed.

Heaton won’t be able to officially sign until July when his contract with Aston Villa officially expires.

Villa confirmed Heaton’s departure last week when the goalkeeper sent the club a goodbye message on social media.

The goalkeeper could be United’s first signing of the summer, although hopefully it will be until July to officially go through, hopefully there will be a few new faces ahead of the game.

Last summer, United’s deal lasted until the last minute. Hopefully this year the club will make additional efforts to correct this and close deals earlier.

Heaton would only be a support and would essentially replace Lee Grant on the roster.

That third-choice status could result in him being promoted to stand-in when either David de Gea or Dean Henderson leaves. Heaton spent the late 2000s on United’s books and went free agent in 2010.

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