An offer has been made for Nottingham Forest attacking midfielder Brennan Johnson.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claimed that newly-promoted Premier League side Brentford have tabled a £3.5m bid for the 20-year-old. However, this amount is believed to be well below Forest’s valuation of the youngster, which is thought to be between £8m and £10m.
It is reported that the club’s new chief executive Dane Muprhy has placed the Wales international’s future high on his list of priorities at the City Ground this summer, with the American expected to hold talks with the attacking midfielder over a new contract in the coming weeks.
The Athletic also report of Leicester City and Leeds United’s interest in Johnson, while Brentford are thought to have a ceiling of £5m regarding their purist of a deal for the Nottingham Forest starlet.
Considering just how much raw potential Johnson appears to possess, it is unsurprising to learn of the significant amount of interest in the Welshman’s services this summer.
However, while it may be tempting to accept an offer getting towards £10m for the 20-year-old, particularly after the financial hardship the last year-and-a-half has brought to football teams up and down the country, it would still appear to be a grave mistake for Chris Hughton to sanction the sale of the forward this summer.
Indeed, Johnson impressed over his 43 League One appearances while on loan at Lincoln City last season, with the £360,000-rated man scoring 11 goals, providing 13 assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 2.3 shots and making 0.7 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £2,500-per-week attacking midfielder earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.98, ranking him as Michael Appleton’s sixth-best performer in the third tier of English football, playing a huge role in helping his side reach the League One play-off final.
Considering that only Derby County scored fewer than Nottingham Forest’s 37 Championship goals last season, the presence of a young, creative and clinical player such as Johnson in Hughton’s first team squad would very much appear to provide the Reds with a much greater chance of finding the back of the net in 2021/22.
Furthermore, with the man Sabri Lamouchi dubbed an “unbelievable” player still being just 20 years of age, he has a substantial amount of developing still to do in his professional football career. When considering his already remarkable returns, it must be a hugely exciting thought for fans of the club that Johnson is likely to improve even further.
As such, selling the Welshman this summer would not only appear to be robbing Forest of numerous goals and assists in their upcoming Championship campaign, it could also see the club miss out on a considerable amount of money for the sale of a more developed Johnson further down the line.