Man United are eyeing a move to bring Sam Johnstone back to Old Trafford.
There must be something funny in the air within that Manchester United goalkeeping dressing room. From David de Gea to Dean Henderson with a little Sergio Romero sprinkled in the middle. For all their faults, our Red Devils have been brilliant at choosing their shot-stoppers.
Sadly, one could be all set to leave this summer. According to ESPN, the club are preparing for the ‘likely departure’ of top star De Gea. Sources have told ESPN that the superstar Spaniard doesn’t want to accept a backup role, which is more than fair given his brilliance over the last decade.
In terms of replacement, United have entered the race to sign 28-year-old Sam Johnstone. Apparently, they’ll face competition from both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, with the latter being current favourites to sign the Englishman.
Johnstone himself spent close to ten years in Manchester, before signing a permanent deal with West Brom a few years ago. With The Baggies, Johnstone’s stock has gradually risen, particularly this season, during which he’s putting in some insane performances.
United are keen to sign someone who can challenge Henderson for the first choice role, while I don’t doubt Johnstone’s ability to do that.
In terms of a transfer fee, West Brom are looking for around £18m to sell, which, in all likelihood, is probably more than the Red Devils would like to pay. It’s worth noting, Johnstone’s current contract expires in 2022, leaving West Brom with a decision to make.
I’d be all for this deal happening. Johnstone is the perfect number two. He’s someone who knows the club inside-out, while he would be offered plenty of minutes in the cup competitions. Plus, if Henderson goes through a blip, Johnstone would be more-than-capable of making that starting spot his own.
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