Sam Johnstone

United Face Impasse Over Loan Star Sam Johnstone For Final Move

According to reports in England, Manchester United loanee goalkeeper Sam Johnstone could make a permanent move to Aston Villa. Sam Johnstone joined Manchester United as an academy scholar in the 2010/11 season. Then he was the number one keeper in the academy. Since joining the Red Devils, the young goalkeeper has been loaned to seven teams, all in the lower tier leagues. In January 2017, Sam Johnstone signed a loan deal with Championship side Aston Villa till the end of that season. During this period, he kept more clean sheets than any other keeper in the Championship. In July 2017, the young English goalkeeper returned to Aston Villa on a loan deal for the 2017-18 season. Sam has nine months remaining on his contract with United till June 2018. According to reports from news outlet Manchester Evening News, Sam Johnstone can make a permanent switch to Championship side Aston Villa in the winter transfer window. Sam Johnstone opted for a second spell at Aston Villa as his chances seemed very bleak at Old Trafford in presence of De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira. Johnstone has already hit the first team at the Championship outfit having spend a successful period at Villa Park during the second half of last season. The U-19 English International has kept five clean sheets so far at Aston Villa since the start of 2017/18 season having nailed down his place in playing XI. Aston Villa seemed to be very keen in signing the young goalkeeper from Manchester United, claims manager Steve Bruce. Reports have confirmed that Bruce and Villa are hoping to sign Sam Johnstone on permanent basis in the January transfer window. The Championship outfit will look to convince Jose Mourinho for a permanent deal with Sam’s contract remains till the end of the current season.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce stated on Sam Johnstone:

“It would be great to keep him here for the next few years as Villa’s No.1.” “I will need to ask the question. The ideal move for us would be to buy him in January. You’ve seen it, a young goalkeeper coming in and getting better with every game he plays.” “The difference in him since he’s started in January to now is light years. He’s confident, playing every week and he’s playing real football.”

The English goalkeeper has started all the matches for Aston Villa with the outfit hoping to get promoted to Premier League for next season. Sam Johnstone has been brilliant during his two spells at Villa Park as they look to make a big impact in the promotion race. Moreover, the U-19 England International has been nominated for Player of the Month award for September in the Championship draw according to news. It is no surprise why Aston Villa want to sign him for permanent as he has the potential to be one of the finest keepers in the country. This year it seems as a real chance for Aston Villa to sign him having few months remaining on his contract with United. The Red Devils will also have no problem in selling their academy ace with the emergence of Joel Pereira as his replacement as the third goalkeeper. Manchester United will look to cash in on Sam Johnstone as his contract nears an end with the Reds. Let’s us see how the Aston Villa fans react over this news. Manchester United fans…….let us know your thoughts!! Visit Arsedevils for all the updates on Manchester United. Please share your views in the comment section.

Amiya Saha

Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.

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