Manchester United Women have turned down an unknown club’s bid for England goalkeeper Mary Earps.
The bid set a new world record for a female goalie.
Earps appeared in all seven of England’s World Cup matches in Australia and New Zealand, saving a penalty from Spain’s Jenni Hermoso in the final defeat.
The Golden Glove was then presented to England’s No. 1 as the team finished second.
In 2019, United signed Earps from Wolfsburg. She has started every league game for United over the last four seasons and was named the Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper in February.
Her contract with United is up in a year.
The transfer window for the WSL closes on September 14, and the season begins on October 1.
Nike has agreed to sell a “limited” amount of Mary Earps’ England goalkeeper kits after supporters put pressure on the company.
Following Nike’s decision to carry extra Lionesses kits, as well as the equivalents from the United States, France, and the Netherlands, England Women’s goalkeeper shirts will be sold on the FA website.
“Nike has secured limited quantities of goalkeeper jerseys for England, (the United States), France, and the Netherlands to be sold through the federation websites over the coming days, and we are also in discussions with our other federation partners,” Nike said in a statement.
“We acknowledge that we did not serve those fans who wanted to show their passion and support for the squad’s goalkeepers during the tournament.” We intend to sell women’s goalkeeping shirts at key events in the future.”
The previous decision by the sports clothing giant to only offer fans England Women’s home and away shirts, while both England men’s goalkeeping outfits were available for purchase, was dubbed “very disappointing and very hurtful” by Earps before of the competition.
Nike first defended its choice following Sunday’s final, in which Spain defeated England 1-0 in Sydney, saying it was “working toward solutions for future tournaments.”
Earps reacted to the remark on social media, while a change.org petition urging Nike to sell replicas of her gear had gathered more than 150,000 signatures prior to the company’s reversal.
The Manchester United goalkeeper won the FIFA top award for the world’s top goalkeeper earlier this year, as well as the Women’s World Cup Golden Glove after saving a penalty in Sunday’s final defeat.
Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch praised the decision on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing, “I find it extraordinary that a major brand got themselves into this pickle in the first place, but now it will be very interesting to see what “limited quantity” means and if they come in all sizes, as I suspect a large number of fans of all ages and shapes will want one.”