Manchester United goalkeeper has a few admirers this summer…


Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is a wanted man this summer with Premier League teams Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Huddersfield Town interested in the player with Championship sides Aston Villa and Middlesbrough also interested in the player. Last season, Johnstone spent the second half of the season on loan at Villa with former United captain Steve Bruce now the manager of the Villa Park club. It is understood that the player is looking to continue his exploits last season with a bid for first team football and being the fourth choice goalkeeper at United this summer and a year remaining on his contract, could see him depart the club either permanently or on loan.

Bruce is, according to reports by the Daily Mail, keen to sign the 24-year-old on loan again, whilst Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough are both interested in a permanent deal for the player, installing him as their number one goalkeeper next season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner has lost Danny Ward as Liverpool want him to be their third choice goalkeeper next season whereas Gary Monk, the new Boro manager is keen to get a £3 million deal over the lone for Johnstone in the club bid to return to the Premier League next season after their fall from the top-flight last season. Leeds United were another club interested in the United goalkeeper before they signed Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen. Johnstone’s representatives at James Grant Sports have stated:

“Sam has a number of options and is considering them all at this moment in time.”

Johnstone is yet to make his competitive Manchester United debut, seemingly missing out due to the form of David De Gea and the fact the number two goalkeepers have been better than the 24-year-old. If the player remains at the Old Trafford club throughout the final year of his contract, it is unlikely that he will be part of the first team picture with Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira will both be ahead of the goalkeeper, should the latter remain at the club past this summer. It has been unfortunate for Johnstone, who seems to have come through the club’s Academy at a time whereby he has had De Gea as the number one at the club, which would take a big performance for him to break through.

Johnstone’s resurgence in the Championship with Aston Villa last season suggests he has all the attributes to become a decent goalkeeper, but at his age, he needs to be playing regular first team football rather than sitting and waiting for an opportunity which just does not seem to be coming for him. United may not be able to command a big fee for the goalkeeper, with £3 million seemingly on the table, or it could be from Middlesbrough. Whether the player leaves Old Trafford permanently this summer remains to be seen. Villa could well be his destination once again on loan, seeing his contract expire at the club in a year’s time, which may see him being able to sign for Villa next summer as a free agent.

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