Aston Villa should prioritise permanent Sam Johnstone signing this summer

As reported by The Sun, Aston Villa are keen on signing Sam Johnstone permanently this summer but face competition from newly promoted Cardiff City.

What’s the story?

The Villans are currently preparing for a mammoth Championship play-off final against Fulham this weekend, after which their transfer plans this summer should become a lot clearer.

One player that would no doubt be a stellar acquisition whether in the second-tier or the Premier League next season is Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who has spent the last 18 months on loan at Villa Park.

The Sun report that while Steve Bruce is keen to keep him around this summer, Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City are ready to pounce and offer him top-flight football should Villa fail to beat Fulham.

Rated at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, can Villa get this deal over the line in the upcoming transfer window?

Is he a must-buy?

With 22 clean sheets this season, including two most recently against Middlesbrough in the play-off semi-finals, Sam Johnstone has been a key part of Villa’s push for promotion.

He is one of, if not the, most consistent performers in Steve Bruce’s starting eleven.

Still just 25 years of age, he not only currently has the ability to perform to a high standard, but the long-term potential to improve even further and forge a legendary career between the sticks.

He appears to love life at Villa and unlikely to get first team opportunities at Manchested United anytime soon, Villa should go all out to ensure they offer him a permanent home this summer, whether they secure promotion or not.