Manchester United are willing to let Sam Johnstone leave the club this summer, but the Red Devils will demand a £6.5million transfer fee.
That’s the view of The Sun, per WhoScored. Johnstone, 24, is impressing while out on loan at Aston Villa, but the Englishman is probably fourth in the pecking order of United’s goalkeepers.
Obviously, you have David de Gea and Sergio Romero at #1 and #2 respectively, but Joel Pereira is also ahead of Johnstone now, and realistically, he’s going to find it tough to get regular minutes at Old Trafford.
It certainly makes sense to sell Johnstone now while his value is high, and no doubt Villa would want to add him to their squad on a permanent basis, particularly as he’s helped the Midlands side towards a play-off spot (for now, anyway).
I’ve always liked Johnstone, but I don’t think he has what it takes to become a first-choice goalkeeper for an elite Premier League side. He’s 24 now, and by that age, De Gea had already cemented himself as United’s #1, having already won a Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, too…