According to The Sun, Manchester United have told Aston Villa that it will cost £6.5m to sign Sam Johnstone on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Johnstone is currently on loan at Villa from Man United, and the goalkeeper has impressed for Steve Bruce’s side during the 2017-18 campaign.
Indeed, the 24-year-old has kept 15 clean sheets in 35 Championship appearances during his second season on loan at Villa Park.
According to The Sun, Johnstone is desperate to join Villa on a permanent deal, but the Championship club will have to come up with £6.5m to sign a player that recently penned a 12-month extension to his current deal at Old Trafford.
Much could depend on whether Villa are able to secure a return to the Premier League, and it also remains to be seen whether the club are prepared to take on Johnstone’s Man United wages, which are believed to stand in the region of £25,000 a week.
It is hardly short change for a Championship club, but it is excellent value in the current transfer market.
Villa would be hard pushed to sign a better goalkeeper at that price, and the stopper, who has had 10 separate loan spells away from Man United, is understandably keen to find a permanent home.
Johnstone joined the Red Devils in 2009, but has not made a single first-team appearance for the 20-time English champions despite going on a number of pre-season tours.
Man United decided to extend Johnstone’s deal to protect his value this summer, and Villa will now have to come up with £6.5m to complete a permanent transfer.
Villa want the move, as does Johnstone, while Man United are keen to sell. It should go through this summer, but Bruce’s side must first focus on their promotion bid.