Manchester United Football Club have real strength in depth in the goalkeeper area at the moment, fronted by one of the best in the business; David de Gea. However, it looks as though we could well be about to lose one of the guys further down in the pecking order.
According to The Sun, Jose Mourinho is ready to sell Sam Johnstone to recently relegated side Middlesbrough, in a £2.5million deal.
Right now, the 24-year-old is probably the fourth choice in the pecking order, behind the aforementioned De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira. So, in my opinion, letting him go in a permanent deal makes complete sense.
Johnstone is, quite clearly, an excellent goalkeeper with bags of ability and potential, but I just don’t see how he can break through into the first-team mix.
He’s at that point in his career where regular football is becoming a necessity and he has to think about himself. If he can get reassurances that he’d become Boro’s number one goalkeeper, then it’s an attractive proposition for him.
Garry Monk is a superb manager and the Northern club will probably be hoping to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking – so we may see him back in the top flight in just over twelve months.